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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/Polygram
  • ASIN: B00001R3LI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Can We Start Again?
2. If You're Looking For A Way Out
3. Pretty Words
4. From The Inside
5. If She's Torn
6. Before You Close Your Eyes
7. (You Take) This Heart Of Mine
8. I Know That Loving
9. CF GF

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Of all the Tindersticks' albums (and be assured that each is singularly and equally wonderful), Simple Pleasures is their most soulful and direct. On earlier outings, their songs were so packed with layered instrumentation, dark orchestration, and emotional density--on top of which Stuart Staples's brooding baritone (perhaps the most unique and lovely voice in all of music) rumbled--that you could barely breathe. But on Simple Pleasures the songs feel more open and airy, like someone has opened a door to let in the spring breeze. That's not to say that this enigmatic sextet has changed the makeup of their musical concoction much; Pleasures still features the beautiful scrim of piano, accordion, woodwinds, violin, cello, brushed drum, and the slip and slide of Staples's voice. And Staples knows that after spring comes fall, and it's the fallen that he's most interested in; his tone poems emote with both the betrayer and the betrayed. When Staples sings "You take this heart of mine," he means it in the worst possible way. And on the song "I Know That Loving," the love he knows is not a pleasant one. The beauty of the Tindersticks is that they acknowledge pain with lovely grace. --Tod Nelson

Product Description

1999 Release. Their Ninth Album to Date. 45 Minutes of Warm Soulful Music. Eight Original Tracks plus a Cover of Odyssey's 'if You're Looking for a Way Out'.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pessah, Esq. on October 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Though I normally hesitate to compare bands to great literary figures, I look at Simple Pleasure as a 'Dubliners' to the 'Ulysses' of the earlier albums.
The first Tindersticks albums were huge (60 to 74 minutes) works, with a narrative line carried from the first track to the last. Songs repeated, but with different lyrics, or arrangements. Orchestras, alarm clocks, overlapping lyrics and spoken word were used masterfully to tell complex, often upsetting but sometimes funny stories. Tindersticks exploded songs, and then reassembled them in fascinating ways.
Simple Pleasure, however, is not an ambitious masterwork, like the earlier Tindersticks albums. It, like 'Dubliners', is a couple of carefully constructed pieces built around a (musical) theme -- R+B or soul music.
Of course, in addition to being conceptual artists, Tindersticks are great musicians, and that is just as clear here as in any of their other works. Their rhythm section is still amazingly tight and inventive, and Dickon's arrangements still fit perfectly within the song. And Stuart Staples' singing is always a pleasure to hear, especially since he seems to be enjoying the change in pace.
I haven't listened to the album enough times to decide if the lyrics reach the heights achieved in their earlier albums. They do seem to be less maudlin (especially compared to Curtains), which is either good or bad, depending upon your outlook.
In short: would Simple Pleasure be the first Tindersticks album I recommend to a friend, probably not, but it is still better than almost everything else out there.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
But it is...This CD sounds like a Barry White record as recorded by Leonard Cohen. At first I didn't like 'Simple Pleasure,' certainly not as much as their brilliant first album, mainly because the ornate orchestral arrangements just weren't there. But slowly this record worked it's way into me, and hasn't yet left. This isn't as dramatic, or even as sad, as some other Tindersticks stuff. There are very few horns on this record, and certainly nothing like the grand flourishes that marked the best parts of their last record, 'Curtains,' such as on the song "Let's Pretend." Also, this is the shortest Tindersticks record ever--before this, all three records had been double LPs, while this one is only nine tracks long, features a cover and an instrumental. Still, what's here is totally fantastic. It works splendidly as a whole, and the first single, "Can We Start Again?" is a gem. The back-up singers add a terrific touch. This isn't your usual Tindersticks, but as much as I miss their old style, I'm glad to see them branching out and trying to sound new. A beautiful mood record--I'll be listening to it for years.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. John Archer on June 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For me there's no other band out there to touch the Tindersticks. Within days of buying their first album four or five years ago, all my other albums started to lose significance. I kid you not. Every album from them since has ensnared me further, and now Simple Pleasure has finally forced me to give in and accept that nearly every album I've ever bought that's not by The Tindersticks is, relatively speaking, rubbish. In some ways Simple Pleasure is perhaps not as strong as its predecessors; it's got only 9 songs on it, and a couple of those (Pretty Words and From The Inside) are decidedly average. But the other seven are so astonishingly perfect that you may well find yourself wondering, like me, why the hell anyone else even bothers. The songs tackle a huge palette of emotions and thoughts effortlessly without once forgetting to fit them to gorgeous, utterly appropiate melodies. Just remember this: once you've listened properly (for background music it is definitely not) to Simple Pleasure and the other three complete albums from the band half a dozen times each, you'll find yourself totally addicted, unable to play anything else and unable to do anything else while you're listening. Don't say you weren't warned...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
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This is a wonderful work. I think that some of the other reviewers might have written their reviews prematurely when they said that this was less sophisticated than their earlier albums.
Yes, the album doesn't stretch out over 70 minutes, but there is a grace and a beauty to songs like "If she's torn" and "I know that loving" that is as profound as anything else that they have recorded. Besides, the relatively stripped down production lets you really appreciate how well they sound as a band without an orchestra behind them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
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subtle, lush, and so beautiful that it's painful to listen to, the tindersticks' most recent release ( i finally broke down and paid import price for it ) not only encapsulates the moody murky sensibilities of their first 3 records, but provides us eager devotees a glimpse of whats-to-come from future releases. whereas curtains seemed (to me, at least) an overblown and even forced version of their first two records, simple pleasure seems to retrace the intricate melodies they found in the first two albums, as well as treading more intriguingly experimental ground, dipping their toes into the sounds of soul and gospel. this listener welcomes the tindersticks' ever-evolving new sound, and cannot wait to discover where they take it next.
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