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The premise of this album is simple - ten tracks from the band's first 21 years. It's a sort of re-recorded best of (though my own Tindersticks best of would run to three times this album), undertaken for no other reason that the band as they are now could improve on the recordings made by the original lineup. Time will tell whether these versions will overtake the originals, but they are beautiful revisitings. There's no major rearrangements (indeed, the long-departed Dickon Hinchliffe still carries eight credits for string and brass arrangements from the original versions), but the album works as a whole and sounds far better than the originals and gives a fresh sheen to the odd overlooked gem (Say Goodbye To The City) or overfamiliar classic (a spine-tingling version of A Night In).
The band have wisely avoided re-recording anything from their most recent post-reunion albums (which I still rate very highly), so this release squares a circle in that respect, giving more gravitas to the current incarnation of Tindersticks as a result. Fans will also be keen to hear the two Stuart Staples that have recently been incorporated into the Tindersticks setlist (Friday Night and Marseilles Sunshine), as well as the single-only What Are You Fighting For (the only post-split track here), which closes the album.
I'll be honest and admit I'll pretty much buy anything with the Tindersticks name on it, and can see how this collection may be redundant to anyone who owns and loves the originals. When placed alongside the band's disappointing soundtrack to Les Salauds, released just a week earlier, it seems to be a case of quantity over quality, but there's enough here to entice in the casual listener. Although I'd suggest Working For The Man as the definitive Tindersticks primer, this album as a celebration of nine albums, five soundtracks, ten members, and six leap years is a worthwhile landmark.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013, 18:00:20 BST
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Joe Public says:
Excellent review and summation of the release. I share your thoughtful beliefs, too. I'm an avid fan and appreciate your clear, concise, and prescriptive commentary. Unfortunately, they do not get their dues here in the US, in a wider sense, than the UK and Europe. However, there is an ardent underground community hopeful for continued releases and a leap across the pond to tour. In turn, I would gladly and guiltlessly dispatch any and all nationalistic feelings (citizenship or otherwise) to expel the oxygen stealing Miley, Taylor, and Britney. God save the Tindersticks as I witness the Rise and Fall of America from Western Civilization.
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