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The Something Rain brims and bristles with canny narrative thrust. Slinky, supple compositions are spiked with plenty of barbed edges and sparkling fizz. Right out the gate, album opener "Chocolate" features David Boulter's sequel to the spoken-word classic "My Sister" from Tindersticks' 1995 eponymous release. Boulter narrates the story while the band works up a brilliant, brewing crescendo, abetted by the swirling horns of long-time collaborator Terry Edwards. This is indeed a new Tindersticks classic edgier, more exuberant and more expansive.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CONSTELLATION
  • ASIN: B006ONOXEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Joann H. Henderson on April 22, 2012
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I love this new CD, everything about it. The only problem is that, as is typical, Staples words are often hard for me to decipher, especially the spoken word song. I'm glad everybody else who reviewed the cd understood all the words, but I didn't and that frustrates me. Included is a 5 panel insert, so I thought, 'great, some info." but all the panels are blank, just some artwork, unless it's written in invisible ink or else I got a bum copy and the lyrics are actually supposed to be there. They've done this in the past too, put out a cd with absolutely no info., no lyrics, no who plays what, just no information at all. May as well get an MP3. I checked out all the lyrics sites and none have any lyrics for this cd. If they would just quit being so cute and give people like me some information, this would easily be a 5 star cd. I couldn't even find the lyrics on their website. I guess it's just me, but it super frustrates me. Aside from that, if you like tindersticks, you will like this one too.
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While I don't claim to be the biggest Tindersticks expert in the world, I've been following their music closely enough to be able to state with confidence that they've really hit their stride with The Something Rain, a jazzy and soulful assortment of elegant chamber pop jewels that pack just enough of a punch to prevent it all from floating away to the background. Make no mistake about it; this is still a fairly dense, contemplative, and mostly genteel English band not meant for rowdy barroom listening. Perhaps more so than in a long while, though, this time they temper their graceful soundscapes with a definite sting and playfulness that truly makes the album stick in your mind long after the player has stopped. My favorite songs on the record then are indeed the ones that best display this artful balance, from the gritty instrumentation of "Show Me Everything" to the spirited vocal interplay on "This Fire of Autumn" and the downright exuberance of the late 60s/early 70s inflected spy thriller sounding "Frozen," perhaps the wildest ride The Tindersticks have taken their fans on. These guys even have the balls to open it all up with the 9-minute sparse instrumental and spoken word only "Chocolate," a mannered and carefully crafted approach that would sink most poseur avant-pop bands of their ilk but works effectively in their capable hands because of the right amount of weight it lends the proceedings. I might agree a tad with those who'd argue that the album sags just a little on its final two tracks (especially on the heels of the walloping "Frozen"), but that's being very picky in the large scheme of things -> that in turn being the addition of a highly engaging and repeatable listen to your collection! This is one of those unfortunate cases where Amazon's lack of half-point ratings does a record like this a disservice, as I'd give this emotive and passionate work 4.5 (if not quite 5) stars.
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Just finished my first listen-
Wasn't at all wild about the 1st track, the spoken word piece Chocolate..... Seemingly a disjointed track, not really in unison w/ the the rest of the album imho, + it's soooo long.... I'll give it another try-
I got turned on to the Tindersticks 2nd album from a hi-fi buddy of mine & grabbed a copy of the Import version Tindersticks 2 which is remastered & has a killer live bonus disc-
Many of their CDs are available as an import version, that have a cool 2nd disc... just search w/ the word import w/ the title-
Well anyway, this disc was very melodic & mesmerizing- I liked the whole flow, except for the 1st track..
If you like this, try this... A Nick Cave masterpiece imho Push the Sky Away You'll love it, + it is in a sexy book format + a DVD w/ mini documentary incl. some bonus tracks that didn't make the album..-
I've ordered more Tindersticks !
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Myabe I'm not in the usual age group(senior)to be a fan of Tindersticks, but after listening last year to Curtains and then purchasing a few older albums, I was hooked. "Falling Down a Mountain" set the stage for "Something Rain".
Stuart Staples' baritone treatment of "Come Inside" is the ultimate late night love song.
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