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brilliance in a dead end street
on 19 September 2007
This album nearly caused tindersticks to split up. Stuck in a marvellous rut, they couldn't see a way out. It's a dilemma that hangs over this record. On 'Curtains', Tindersticks are desperate men. The relationships described are fraught with frustration and confusion....rented rooms, another night in....wanting more than you have even though what you have is already too much, not knowing why you've done what you've done. Occasionally, it's hard to listen to. Doomy, raw, despite the lush arrangements and beautiful melodies. Staples seems to write very personally. The songs are intimate, introspective, slow....probably why they never that popular. They were never going to sell out 02. The words ask difficult questions about how to keep feelings alive and chart falls into the oblivion of sex, drink and obsessive behaviour. It's the headiness of stale perfume, a sweet rot. It's what they were best at. After this they tried to use Stax as an inspiration, but you never felt their heart was in it. Their heart's in this even though you can sense they wish it wasn't.