While I had heard of Tindersticks in the past, I did not realize the act had been around for nearing on twenty years. It is thus no surprise that their latest effort, â€œThe Hungry Sawâ€, showcases a maturity and deftness with each composition that will stick with listeners long after the band packs up shop. While there may be a few members gone (and the resulting Tindersticks turned into a trio), the fullness of tracks such as â€œYesterdayâ€™s Tomorrowâ€ and â€œCome Feel The Sunâ€ are unsurpassed.
While it seems that a number of indie and alternative bands are channeling the folk movement of the sixties and seventies, the Tindersticks flip the script and marry a much older sound (the fifties) with their own unique style. â€œBoobar Come Back To Meâ€ is a perfect example of this, creating a very sorrowful, contemplative sound that is more haunting than anything, casting a grandfatherâ€™s style in an entirely new light. â€œThe Other Side of the Worldâ€ steps the game of the instrumental and vocal side of Tindersticks up; the track creaks and groans as both parts try to get the upper hand, creating something compelling that is decidedly more than the component pieces.
â€œTurns We Tookâ€ is one of the discâ€™s best tracks, as it seems to be a transitory type of composition that, while continuing the trends and feelings established by the band throughout the rest of â€œThe Hungry Sawâ€, seems to portend some interesting developments for any subsequent releases that the band may proffer in the years to come. There may still be a decent chunk of 2008 left, but I would have to say that â€œThe Hungry Sawâ€ is an album that should be seriously looked at as a contender for best album of the year.
Top Tracks: Organist Entertains, Mother Dear
Tindersticks â€“ The Hungry Saw / 2008 Beggars Banquet / 12 Tracks / http://www.tindersticks.co.uk