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Nottingham, England's Tindersticks are among the most musically adventurous groups to have surfaced over the past few decades. Their previous releases were soundtracks for French film director Claire Denis, and a cinematic sweep has always informed their music. Here, the opening nine-minute spoken-word piece "Chocolate” features David Boulter recounting a date while a strategically placed Mellotron obscures the tale. Through the remainder of the songs, singer Stuart Staples throws his vibrato-laced baritone on top of tunes deep with drama and melancholy. All told, The Something Rain is another unique contribution from a group that's always put a premium on being one of a kind. Yet for all the band's grandeur, Staples believes in cultivating his working-class stripes. There are dead-end jobs, endless nights on the same barstool, and an apartment that doesn't inspire. Set to rapturous arrangements where strings, brass, and woodwinds color the detailed sound, Staples finds the key to a better life on tracks such as the sultry and soulful "Show Me Everything," the chillingly placid "A Night So Still," and the orchestrated "Medicine."

Customer Reviews


Unlike like the previous reviewer, i found this album to be a refreshing chilled out escape from the frenetic quality found in much of todays music; don't get me wrong, I enjoy hyper industrial electronic beats as much as the next guy, when they're skillfully executed, But I recommend you ignore the previous reviewer, and check this one out for yourself!


This album is boring track after boring track. Listened to the whole thing twice. Tried to like it. A few interesting melodies and sounds. Just go listen to the new geographer album.


Formed: 1992 in Nottingham, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Tindersticks were one of the most original and distinctive British acts of the '90s, standing apart from both the British indie scene and the rash of Brit-pop guitar combos that dominated the U.K. charts. Where their contemporaries were often direct and to the point, Tindersticks were obtuse and leisurely, crafting dense, difficult songs layered with literary lyrics, intertwining melodies, mumbling vocals, and gently melancholy orchestrations. Essentially, the group filtered the dark romanticism...
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