I was listening to this downstairs quite loud this afternoon, and right at the end of of Snowy in F# Minor there's a voice that comes in and says, "can you turn it down…? The volume?" I'm sure I didn't hear that when I was listening on headphones late last night. At first, I wasn't sure what the voice had said, and thought for a moment that it was Louis shouting up from the garden next door. Only when I pressed rewind and listened a couple of times more was I reassured that I wasn't disturbing the neighbours. Or not enough for them to start shouting, anyway.
Now if you've been paying close attention for a long time, it's just possible that you'll remember last year's exercise where I cleared my iPod of everything except the 51 Tindersticks songs I have, in an attempt to make sure that the 'sticks really stuck.
It was during this album that I found I mostly drifted and got a bit lost for lack of landmark songs (Tiny Tears, No More Affairs and the sublime Travelling Light — still one of my favourite songs ever — notwithstanding).
So I was surprised when it was announced that Tindersticks (or their agent/manager) had chosen this album to perform in its entirety at the Barbican last September. But then again the great Mapsadaisical refers to the album as "one of my all-time touchstones", so maybe I'm off the trail. After several missed opportunities it's the only time I've seen them live, and it was a very enjoyable evening. I thought it was a shame they didn't get anyone to sing the duet part of Travelling Light, though. Ah, I'm glad to see that The Guardian agreed with me, both about that and about the choice of album.
|MusicBrainz entry for this album|