Tindersticks - Hungry Saw (3 stars)


(Beggars Banquet)


Tindersticks have always understood that the essence of great soul music was a tall (occasionally tragic) tale set to something grand sounding and have amassed a back catalogue of heartbreaking, often breathtaking albums.

Hungry Saw falls a little short of their finest work, however. These songs swell and grow from barely there, plaintive shuffles and burst forth, string sections and brass tumbling forth like the Stax house band collaborating with Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds on the grand arrangements of Nelson Riddle.

Stuart Staples’ bitumen-soaked croon keeps everything rooted in a dark corner of the room, and while several of the songs here are truly moving, Hungry Saw is missing a spark that would lift it towards the sublime.

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