on 11 November 2013
I am a bit of a "miserablist" which might explain why I have been a Tindersticks fan for many a year. It is not quite clear why this cd has been made. It is neither a "Greatest Hits" (...joke )nor on a first listen a marked re-interpretation of some original songs. If you wanted a best of taster you should listen to their "Working for the Man". Having said that for a Tindersticks aficionado there is a discernible improvement on some of the original tracks and , dare I say, Stuart Staples voice has improved and his lyric delivery is now more clear. I have been a bit of a Tindersticks groupie over the years and have seen them on numerous occasions. They have written several film scores for the French film director Claire Denis and in 2011 I saw them playing at The Barbican with a montage of scenes from many of her films. I found some of the images so disturbing that they managed to ruin the whole musical experience. I have rarely listened to them since that concert. I felt it time to re-introduce myself to their music again and I am pleased to say that this cd has rekindled my love affair with this group who have brought me such captivating misery over the years. If you want me to categorize this music then file it under the genre " Music to slit your wrists to..."