The Hungry Saw - Tindersticks
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  • Summary: The seventh album for the English trio is its first in more than five years.
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  1. Tindersticks remains a champion at feel-bad soul strings, but those who've found the group's previous work oppressive might want to try again: Staples' vocals haven't changed, but with the music as pared-down as one of their impressionistic soundtracks, it's a new sound.
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    THe British balladeers have returned after a long layoff as elegantly miserable as ever. [Oct 2008, p.83]
  3. Few songwriters are capable of making misery sound so elegant, and even desirable.
  4. Tindersticks have proven themselves to be a rare exception to what feels like a general rule of let-down albums by reunited bands. [Fall 2008, p.84]
  5. The Hungry Saw's temperate approach feels like the work of a band who are grateful for a new lease on life, but not sure exactly what to do with it, proffering brief experiments that amount to little more than amusing curios (the self-explanatory "The Organist Entertains") or instrumentals that sound like guide tracks waiting for a vocal supplement (the tremoloed psychedelic samba of "E Type").
  6. The one slight that could be pinned on the The Hungry Saw is that there’s very little here that couldn’t slot seamlessly into any of the group’s output over the last 16 years.
  7. There's no stand-out to match 'Tiny Tears' or 'Marbles' but Stuart Staples's crumpled voice and the distinctively intricate arrangements summon Lee Hazlewood's tear-flecked, bruised spirit.

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