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Strong start for life outside the Tindersticks,
This review is from: Lucky Dog Recordings 03-04 (Audio CD)
Stuart Staples' first release without the Tindersticks, this album is a triumph. With a broader range of instrumentation than the Tindersticks records, but the same foundation of familiar instruments remain, evoking the smoky pub back room.
The tense, held background note to Marseilles Sunshine, leading into the fragile beauty of its chorus make it one of the strongest songs on the album. Stuart's voice is at its most wistful and tender here (see also Dark Days). The next track, Say Something Now has a much stronger, more loose and live-band feel, with a slight vocal effect on the microphone and some great brass. These are just the first few tracks, and this diversity continues, but with a sustained quality.
It's a great collection, and either a perfect introduction to the sound and feel of Stuart's work, or for the long-time Tindersticks fan.