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Two Five Star Discs In The One Package
on 21 August 2004
The first two Tindersticks album are both confusingly called Tindersticks. For anybody who doesn't know this is the second one. Such eponymous shenanigans aside this is another thrilling ride through the darkness with the band. You get the Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra inspired 'Travelling Light' with Carla Torgerson of the Walkabouts in the Sinatra role. Then there's the dark balladry of 'Tiny Tears'. 'My sister' is a blackly humorous spoken recital reminiscent of the Velvet Underground's 'The Gift' . This is tremendous stuff. The orchestrations are a step up from their debut album with Terry Edwards supplying trumpet, saxophone and french horn. This is the probably the best value package of the recent reissues as the 'Live At The Bloomsbury Theatre 12.3.95' bonus disc was previously released in it's own right, albeit in limited numbers. It features accomplished versions, with strings attached, of most of the second album with several songs ('City Sickness', 'Jism', 'Drunk Tank', 'Rain Drops' ) from the first album also featured. Assuming the album is actually sequenced in the same order as the performance, after warming up with 'El Diablo En El Ojo' and 'A Night In' , the band hit their stride with an urgent version of 'Talk To Me'. The version of 'City Sickness' is blistering. Rapid fire drumming and brass squeals underpin 'Vertrauen 2'. In a live context some of these songs sound less claustrophic, but sometimes more frantic, than they do on the studio albums. Stuart Staples is in fine voice (well, fine gravelly voice) throughout. Essential.