Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Few bands can get away with being in a holding pattern like Tindersticks.
  2. An album of assured breadth, filled with a renewed self-confidence.
  3. Waiting for the Moon is just what I needed from Tindersticks: an album that doesn't abandon their recent direction, but breathes new life into it by drawing breath from their noisier past.
  4. Uncut
    Very much string-drenched business as usual: sometimes lovely, sometimes perilously close to self-parody. [Jul 2003, p.129]
  5. Q Magazine
    A startling collection of heart-bruising ballads reminiscent of Nick Cave at his most maudlin. [Aug 2003, p.115]
  6. Mojo
    Finds them fine-tuning their class act, Dickon Hinchcliffe's choice string arrangements underpinning a typically careworn set. [Jul 2003, p.107]
  7. Under The Radar
    Magnetic.... There isn't an uninteresting song on the whole thing. [#5, p.110]
  8. It's a beautiful, brooding expanse, but a well-traveled one.
  9. We're on familiarly bleak and gloomy (although not entirely unironic) Tindersticks ground here and, in the case of this band, familiarity certainly doesn't breed contempt.
  10. Magnet
    A wounded angel of a pop record ono which malice and sorrow are offset by rapturous surges of strings. [#60, p.117]
  11. Blender
    The perfect introduction to Tindersticks' queasy, cinematic elegance. [Aug 2003, p.133]
  12. A heart-meltingly wonderful return to form.
  13. Waiting For The Moon is a welcome and singularly strong addition to one of the most impressive catalogues in modern music.
  14. Tindersticks have always made music that conjures up smoke: songs that are elusive, wispy and ephemeral, sung by men with somewhat rough smokers' voices. With Waiting for the Moon, unfortunately, little remains once the smoke clears.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. al
    Jun 17, 2004
    i don't think its their best album, certainly it isn't their worst , but it got the best song they have ever write: my oblivion
  2. nikosk
    Jun 23, 2003
    great album for all tinder long as you dont expect radical style changes... closer to the atmosphere of their 2nd one