Tindersticks hit Abbey Road to re-record a selection of tracks, for better or worse.
To mark 21 years in the ‘mumbling lounge lizard’ business, Tindersticks hit Abbey Road to re-record a selection of tracks that they felt had been “lost along the way”. For better or worse, it means we’re not treated to/horrified by modern versions of perfect gritty classics from their superlative 1993 debut album, such as ‘Patchwork’, ‘Drunk Tank’ or ‘Marbles’. But with no grimy Formica boldly wiped clean, the ‘improvements’ here are virtually imperceptible for those of us unconcerned with rim-tap reverb. You suspect Stuart Staples wanted to re-sing ‘A Night In’ while simply smoking a better brand of French cigarette, but ‘Across…’ is nonetheless a very fond retread around the outskirts of a dank, delectable career.