I find this album even more rewarding than Tindersticks' first album and 'Curtains', although I rate both very highly. The mood of this, the second eponymous album, is haunting and tender, and unlike one of the other reviewers I find the quality of the songs extremely impressive throughout. Tindersticks' lyrical sophistication and subtlety is here combined with darkly gorgeous melodies in songs full of wistful, remorseful longings; these songs only become more valuable to me as I know them better.
'My Sister' is as drily funny, macabre and startling as anything I've ever heard. 'Tiny Tears' manages to be so moving that one can take the title seriously, which is as high praise as I know how to give. 'Seaweed' and 'A Night In' are songs which drift sweetly into the mind again and again. 'No More Affairs' is delightful, wry and melancholic. 'Cherry Blossoms' is achingly, yearningly lovely, and 'Sleepy Song' elegiac and inexplicably harrowing. 'Mistakes' is soaring, heart-rending and all the more powerful for the elliptical simplicity of the lyrics. These are just some personal favourites.
The extra disc featuring a live performance is also excellent: thrilling, beautiful and touching. This is a treat for grown-ups, but a richly pleasurable treat all the same.