Second Album [CASSETTE]
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If anything this album saw the band expand their trademark sound from their debut . There is the usual array of guitars, violin, trumpet, vibraphone, glockenspiel , bassoon , organ, clarinet etc but the sound was considerably fleshed out with lush and dramatic string arrangements courtesy of then band member Dickon James Hinchcliffe.
While these are a key element in making this album so special what really elevates The Second Album into the truly extraordinary is the quality of the song writing . There are half a dozen songs on this album that see this terrific band right at the height of their fulsome powers.
Though the album has the epic dark comedy of "My Sister", sprightly instrumental interludes, the wistful regret of "No More Affairs" and the burnished waltz of "She,s Gone" the real joy comes from a series of monumental ballads. "Travelling Light" is a duet featuring Carla Torgensen of the excellent Walkabouts. The vocal interplay between her slightly weary textured voice and Stuart Staples nicotine stained mumble is superb and the stately strings give the song a portentous weight. "Mistakes" builds ominously with Staples intoning regretfully about "Mistakes i,ve made , like the one, you know the one" and how "I,ve had my strings cut" before a gut wrenching crescendo.Read more ›
Herein lies the only real problem with the album, in my opinion many of the tracks can easily be discarded as average and just fill the gaps between the extraordinary stand-out songs. The first of these is worth its weight in gold though – ‘My sister’, lyrically it’s a masterpiece in spoken word from the very start – ‘Do you remember my sister? How many mistakes did she make with those never blinking eyes? I couldn’t work it out. I swear she could read your mind, your life, the depths of your soul at one glance’, and musically it reaches Olympian heights and may well still serve as their finest song. This is followed by ‘Tiny tears’, which is one of the best ballads written about love gone wrong you will ever hear. Two other tracks are worth sticking on repeat and they are ‘Seaweed’, which has a sublime and haunting piano rift that eventually gets under your skin. Plus the triumphant ‘Mistakes’ which slowly builds before sweeping you away and really should have been the finale.
I don’t want to be too critical of the Tindersticks as a band, as this is a very worthy follow up to their first release, and again this version is ably supplemented by an extra live CD which includes some of their best songs. It’s just a more hit and miss effort, so be prepared for a less polished album than the first one, still they remain head and shoulders over many of their peers.
Not to everyone's taste, sure, but not everyone has such good taste as Tindersticks fans...
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Loved it.was always a big fan and this did not disappoint.Published 4 months ago by Mr Michael Tolley
One of the pleasures of retirement is catching up with music I missed first time around. I do like Tindersticks 1 & Curtains, however their second album is a real treasure - the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Webbo
maybe it isn't just what I expected it's very morbid, I wouldn't recommend it, there are maybe only two tracks that I enjoyPublished on 11 Sept. 2013 by babs
Tindersticks at their majestic best, CD was in good quality and was an excellent acquisition. If you ar new to the Tindersticks start by getting this album. A ClassicPublished on 1 Feb. 2013 by RBC
Give me an armchair and a tumbler of whisky and Im happy. Give me the Tindersticks II on play and I am exceedingly happy. Unabashed indulgence.Published on 16 May 2012 by Rob
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