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Rain, rain come away...,
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This review is from: The Something Rain (Audio CD)
It's very similar to the last album, Falling Down The Mountain, in terms of both musical and vocal direction. String instruments, so beautifully complementing Stuart's voice in the older days are practically no more, except song Medicine, the most profound on the album, perhaps.
I was thinking about three stars review, but it's Tindersticks after all and it is still great band, avant-garde rather than pop; uncompromising, even if primitive at times; I admire them for it. That's the price you pay for independence (and too much wine).
However, they gradually move away from the enchanted melodies of The Curtains or Waiting for the Moon in a different direction, more decadent, more uncertain, which is all fine, but the last instrumental piece of the album is shallow and does the album harm. The electro-synthetic sound they use increasingly is fine, minimalist, but for me only tolerable. Those little symphonies of previous albums and their film scores, were much more to my liking. That's where melancholy dwells... in the sounds of real instruments, not their digital clones.
Album well worth buying and listening to, however...