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'Is that Cleveland?',
This review is from: BBC Sessions (Audio CD)
I won't attempt to try and describe the music of Tindersticks - there are other reviewers on Amazon who have done that far better than I could. `Morose, yet Exhilarating' is my own personal viewpoint. This album is interesting for me in that it was these radio sessions (primarily on the Marc Radcliffe show when he took over the 10 - Midnight `Peel' slot in the mid nineties) showcased here that got me into the band in the first place. I haven't heard all of their studio albums, but it seems to be the first two or three that are most represented here, and in the main the live performance adds even more edge to some fine songs. Here you will find a superb version of my favourite Tindersticks song `A Night In' and two renditions of the excellent `Tiny Tears' one of which I'm sure was the finale to the very last Radcliffe late show before he went onto more mainstream hours at Radio 1. I recall it actually brought tears to my eyes. You also get the incredible, scary, funny and sad latin backed monologue `My Sister' which was the first thing of theirs I ever heard, again live on the Radcliffe show. These are just a few amongst a damn near perfect selection.
Two odd observations on vocalist Stuart Staples' unique deadpan but impassioned baritone. Firstly, on this the live version of `My Sister' he is so deadpan that I cannot help but be reminded of Mark Gatiss as the manic depressed and tormented guide of the Stump Holes caves in `League Of Gentleman'. Secondly, yesterday morning I was playing `Tiny Tears' in the kitchen whilst sorting out breakfast. My 13 year old daughter came in and said `who is that singing? Is it Cleveland?' (referring of course to Cleveland from Family Guy) - I don't know whether Mr Staples would regard that as a compliment or an insult.
All in all an excellent collection and a worthy introduction to the band.