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They're Back (properly this time),
This review is from: Falling Down A Mountain (Audio CD)
The joy of Tindersticks is that even their most melancholy sounds are eventually uplifting, because of the orchestration, the rich timbre of Staples' voice, and the sophisticated rhythms.
Their first album without erstwhile violinist and all round major influence Dickon Hinchliffe (Hungry Saw) was, for me, disappointing. I got what they were doing but somehow it was too stripped down. Trying too hard to make a new statement and losing some of the melody and rhythm which is essential to the sound.
Falling Down a Mountain however is a fairly short, but quite brilliant piece of work. Fresh and familiar at the same time, and packed with classic Tindersticks goodies. Sure- its still a bit more stripped down than it used to be, but the soul is back. It has some of the soul and refrains of Simple Pleasure, the stripped down rhythms of the early albums, and also some of the expermentation of Hungry Saw.
For me this is an absolute return to form. Stuart and the gang have settled into their new lineup now, and look like going from strength to strength.