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Simple Pleasure [Includes Bonus Disc] [Original recording remastered]

Tindersticks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0001GNKSW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Can We Start Again ?
2. If You're Looking For A Way Out
3. Pretty Words
4. From Inside
5. If She's Torn
6. Before You Close Your Eyes
7. (You Take) This Heart Of Mine
8. I Know That Loving
9. CF GF
Disc: 2
1. Twisted Wheel (Original Demo Version)
2. One Way Street
3. You're A Pussycat
4. If She's Torn (Original Demo Version)
5. A Little Time
6. Pretty Words (Original Demo Version)
7. (You Take) This Heart Of Mine (Original Demo Version)
8. I Know That Loving - (Adrian Sherwood Remix)
9. David's Soul (Original Demo Version)
10. If You're Looking For A Way Out (Original Demo Version)
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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Of all the Tindersticks' albums (and be assured that each is singularly and equally wonderful), Simple Pleasures is their most soulful and direct. On earlier outings, their songs were so packed with layered instrumentation, dark orchestration and emotional density--on top of which Stuart Staples's brooding baritone (perhaps the most unique and lovely voice in all of music) rumbled--that you could barely breathe. But on Simple Pleasures the songs feel more open and airy, as if someone has opened a door to let in the spring breeze. That's not to say that this enigmatic sextet has changed the makeup of their musical concoction much; Simple Pleasure still features the beautiful scrim of piano, accordion, woodwinds, violin, cello, brushed drum and the slip and slide of Staples's voice. And Staples knows that after spring comes fall, and it's the fallen that he's most interested in; his tone poems emote with both the betrayer and the betrayed. When Staples sings "You Take This Heart of Mine", he means it in the worst possible way. And on the song "I Know That Loving" the love he knows is not a pleasant one. The beauty of the Tindersticks is that they acknowledge pain with lovely grace. --Tod Nelson

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Tinderstick's fourth album is their best to date; a more concise work that introduces soul rhythms and richly melodic backing vocals to the band's subtle, introspective sound. Featuring a more consistent style than previous albums, and none the worse for that, Simple Pleasure is a romantic and melancholy delight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I discovered Tindersticks in 1993 or 1994 while browsing for CDs in a shop in distant New Zealand. Something intangible was driving into my skull, as Stuart Staple's dreary, mumbled baritone permeated the shop. Finally I gave up perusing the dusty shelves and bought what the record shop people were playing. Now I have all the mainstream Tindersticks CDs and some others that drifted down on some flotsam to this distant land.
I consider Tindersticks latest effort to be a masterpiece along with their second release (Tindersticks II). It is more consistent than other efforts. I love every song. The composition is simply divine but I don't know why.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best just keep getting better 5 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
Their first album was magnificent, but The Tindersticks have still managed to get better and better with every album since (this is their fourth not counting a collection of 'oddities' and a soundtrack). Simple Pleasure may, unlike its sublime predecessor, Curtains, have one or two less than great tracks on it, but when it's good, such as Can We Start Again, CFGF and If She's Torn, it's better than anything even Tindersticks have managed before. Which is saying something. There is no band out there to touch Tindersticks in my opinion, and once you've heard this album a few times, you may never feel the need to listen to another band again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smoother than ever 11 Jan 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This is the Tindersticks sounding smoother than ever, and managing to sound better than ever at the same time. 'Can We Start Again' is probably their best single yet, 'If She's Torn' is classic, longing, mournful Tindersticks with a beautiful chorus. 'I Know That Loving' and 'CF GF' are more soulful sounding than you would think possible, and sound just fantastically smooth. The rest are all Tindersticks at their best, with the exception of 'If You're Looking For A Way Out' (a cover of an Odessey song) which they have transformed into 4 minutes of beautiful magic. Listen, close your eyes, and appreciate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars they're only songs 10 Dec 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Only a song it may be but "I know that Loving" is about as good as it can possibly get. Sublime titles, beautiful words, as always. I finally saw Tindersticks last month in Nonantola (Italy) - even better than I had hoped. This album, like the others, will enter your body and take it over. Gods, to a man.
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