TINDERSTICKS - SECOND ALBUM[EXPANDED]
Format: Compact Disc/EP/Single
A string of adjectives come to mind when trying to describe the music of the Tindersticks: romantic, ironic, moody, lush and cinematic, among them. There is a touch of camp to the dark, graceful beauty of these songs, as shimmering waves of vibes, chiming guitars, funeral parlor organ, bold horn arrangements and rich, lilting strings create a surreal, late-night lounge atmosphere. The band employs equal doses of the Velvet Underground, late-period Roxy Music and movie soundtrack textures, while vocalist Stuart Staples affects a smooth, lugubrious Scott Walker-esque croon honed to a dramatic mumble, giving the ensemble a distinctive sound.
The band's second album lives up to the expectations generated by their dazzling debut. There is less of a rock element here. The hushed, spooky ambience conjured by tracks such as "A Night In", "No More Affairs", and "Cherry Blossoms", with its ghostly, double-tracked vocals, stakes out new, evocative territory for the band, heightened by Staples beautiful, though often indecipherable baritone murmur. The influence of film music is felt in the almost Ennio Morricone-esque "Vertrauen II" and "Snowy In F# Minor", while the band's subtle, sly sense of humor is evident on tracks like the tongue-in-cheek swing of "My Sister". This is a mightily impressive follow-up disc by one of the more creative and stylish pop acts of the '90s.
|1)||El Diablo En El Ojo|
|5)||Snowy In F# Minor|
|8)||Talk To Me|
|9)||No More Affairs|
|1)||El Diablo En El Ojo (live at The Bloomsbury Theatre 12/3/1995)|
|3)||Talk To Me|
|5)||No More Affairs|