Falling Down A Mountain

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  • Summary: The latest album for the group features new members drummer Earl Harvin and guitarist Davis Kitt.
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  1. The album has a swagger that Tindersticks hasn’t shown since 2001’s "Can Our Love...," finding common ground between the rockier Velvet Underground and the mellower Rolling Stones.
  2. It’s an extremely listenable record and definitely fit to stand aside their finest work.
  3. Falling Down a Mountain: enough classic Tindersticks to keep die-hard fans more than happy; and enough new stuff to everyone else think twice about relegating them to the cabaret circuit.
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    Falling Down a Mountain may be the band’s most tuneful effort, or at least their peppiest.
  5. Falling Down a Mountain opens with the six-and-a-half-minutes of insistent, monotonal jazz of the title track. Mercifully, this fails to set the scene for what follows, as the album is dominated by the band’s whimsical, playful side, a usually dormant but altogether delightful aspect of their character.
  6. It leaves a very hazy, almost spectral impression when it ends. But it's also warm and in some ways comforting, and it improves the more you listen to it and tease out the details in the songs.
  7. If the style is intact, though, the songs here seem a bit lackluster; only the relatively jangly "Harmony Around My Table" and the Velvet Underground-ish "Peanuts" (think of O'Hara in Moe Tucker's role) really stand out from the tasteful mid-tempo blur.

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