Tindersticks-BBC Sessions

August 5, 2008

Tindersticks

BBC Sessions

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Just look at the kisser on this fella. You know he’s got some naughty sentiments to whisper into your ear at 3am. His classy sleazeball looks match the deep, sultry growl of his baritone crooning. Yes, there is an air of a bonafide “man crush” going on here. From the first time I heard Stuart Staples celebrate his hairy chest in song and weave a seedy tapestry of drunken sex in restrooms and wanton women, it was destined to be a music love affair for the ages.

I always was a sucker for the schmaltzy side of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The Birthday Party were too histrionic for my questionable taste and his screeching preacher tunes never excited me. However, I do love me some of his sappy ballads. “The Ship Song” and The Good Son album in particular still gets me terribly misty and sentimental. Since much of the Tindersticks work reminds me of a moody, orchestrated take on Cave’s most tender moments crossed with Lee Hazlewood, I tend to be a sucker for all of their work. Plus, the man sang a duet with Isabella Rosselini for gods sake.

This is a collection of their BBC Sessions and they don’t stray too far from the source material. The edges are a bit rougher, but Stuart Staples sounds even more desperate and pained on these live versions. Plus, it includes their cover of Pavement’s “Here” which eliminates the snarky irony and casts it as a baroque tale of a man at the end of his rope. I like the original fine, but this one possesses an epic sweep that Pavement couldn’t muster. Overall, this is a great introduction to the band since it includes mush of their best material while neglecting lesser tunes on later albums.