There was more to country music legend Hank Williams than boozing and a difficult marriage, y’know
You know what to expect. The lugubrious bemoaning of broken relationships. The baritone voice, somewhere between [B]Heather Small[/B] and [B]Vic Reeves[/B]....
, Staples croons, as though already feeling gravely uncomfortable about the wispy optimism of those first two songs.
From here on out we're back in familiar Tindersticks territory - the weeping Hammond of 'If She's Torn', the tentative creep of '(You Take) This Heart Of Mine'. If there's a shift, it's towards a more resonant, swelling soul, as the wailing backing singers in 'I Know That Loving' attest.
But the half-smile and hint of rejuvenation in 'Can We Start Again?' is mere deception. Tindersticks have again spirited us back to their natural habitat, where grief is glorious and misery is unfathomably majestic. Really, there's no reason to ever leave.
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