Tindersticks CD review

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Tindersticks CD review
Jun 17, 2003, 21:10

TINDERSTICKS Waiting For the Moon CD

Like the Ramones, the Tindersticks found a distinctive and fertile aesthetic terrain to call theirs and stuck to it, assiduously cultivating it on record after record. Overall what you find is a shaken-not-stirred cocktail of vintage European cabaret, Memphis blues, the darker side of folk-rock and that curiously peri-pathetic neo-MOR that the Music Industry promulgated as a retort to the cultural one-two-punch of the British Invasion and protest rock: Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazelwood, all the hits Jimmy Webb penned for Glen Campbell, Richard Harris et al. Throughout their career they have taken care to play up particular stylistic modes on particular albums: continental lounge music on their debut, plush soul on 2001's Can Our Love, and so on.

On Waiting For the Moon they vary the influences they focus on from one song to the next, and expand on the prominence of such elements to an extent where the final effect confounds many of the pat categorizations folks hold of Tindersticks. “4.48 Psychosis” features raunchy Velvets style guitar wrangling. “Say Goodbye To The City “ coasts on bubbling RnB flavored Hammond organ. “Sweet Memory” is all lachrymose orchestrations, melodramatic guitar lines. Lead singer Stuart Staples underlines these variegations by stepping out of vocal character more often and more intently than he's every done before, singing higher, lighter and sometimes more coarsely. In all, a nicely executed change of pace. [Beggars Banquet]

-Howard Wuelfing

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