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A Long-Awaited Return
on June 24, 2008
It can be fiscally dangerous for a band to remain out of the public eye for as long a Tindersticks has. Five years seem an eternity and in the pre-digital age, such a long absence would likely have been something from which the band would be unable to recover. Fortunately, in this age of nearly instant information a band can conceivably alternately wax and wane in the public consciousness with few if any negative consequences for its long-term popularity.
While the new incarnation of the Tindersticks shows little of the edginess which characterized its early albums, The Hungry Saw is immediately recognizable as a Tindersticks album. The voice of Stuart Staples has a quality all its own and though Dickon Hinchliffe is missed, there is a continuity in the style of the arrangements that will bring joy to the fan on this long-awaited return.
The Hungry Saw starts with a tinkling piano intro that evokes the soundtrack for Trouble Every Day then segues into a somber vocal groove that unfortunately does not resume until All The Love later brings the listener back to the original mood. Though this is not the band's best effort, there are some tunes which are quite good. I most like Yesterday's Tomorrows, Come Feel the Sun, The Other Side of the World, and the instrumentals E-Type and The Organist Entertains. I also enjoy The Flicker of A Little Girl, the title cut, and Boobar Come Back To Me although these last three are somewhat spoiled by lame background vocals.
The Hungry Saw comes with a handsome booklet containing lyrics and pertinent album information. No matter which Tindersticks album and style was previously your favorite, you are almost sure to be quite delighted by this. Lets hope the next album comes before another five years pass.