Tindersticks / Waiting Room, The
Album: Waiting Room, The   Collection:General
Artist:Tindersticks   Added:Mar 2016
Label:City Slang  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-04-03 Pull Date: 2016-06-05
Week Ending: Jun 5 May 29 May 15 May 8 May 1 Apr 24 Apr 17 Apr 10
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 2 4 3 6

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 24, 2016: Kick Out The Blues
Hey Lucinda (Feat. Lhasa De Sela)
4. Jun 07, 2016: The Library
How He Entered
2. Jun 21, 2016: The Library
How He Entered
5. Jun 04, 2016: Ghost Trees
Hey Lucinda (Feat. Lhasa De Sela)
3. Jun 08, 2016: Kick Out The Blues
Hey Lucinda (Feat. Lhasa De Sela)
6. Jun 01, 2016: Kick Out The Blues
Hey Lucinda (Feat. Lhasa De Sela)

Album Review
DJ Stace
Reviewed 2016-04-04
Tindersticks / The Waiting Room
Label: City Slang

DJ Stace/MapNinja

11th album from Tindersticks. This is standard Tindersticks territory, here: Lush, orchestral, cinematic music that swirls around Stuart Staples' iconic baritone vocals. Highlight of this album is the duet with Lhasa de Selo. Per: Bill C. "The most perfectionist band in the world. Lovely stuff. For fans of Ennio Morricone, Nick Cave, Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch." Exactly.


Favorites: 2,5,7,10,11

1. Follow Me 02:45 - Instrumental Intro track. Classic Cinematic Tindersticks. Esquivel-ish background keyboard work. Sounds like Melodica on the main melody. Would be right at home in a Sergio Leone film.
2. Second Chance Man* 03:56 - Slow quiet start builds a bit with high-hat rhythm and brass section punctuation that threatens to "Kick Out the Jams" but never does.
3. Were We Once Lovers?* 04:49 - Nice fast paced (for Tindersticks) with slap bass and heavy atmospheric organ. Builds to a cacophonic climax with added rock guitar and layered vocals.
4. Help Yourself 05:38 - Upbeat (for Tindersticks) R&B Rhythm and Horns with typical Stuart Staples wandering baritone vocals. Vocal styling are a bit asynchronous with the backing (think 'opposite of autotune') and may be a bit off putting to some not familiar with Tindersticks' penchant for this.
5. Hey Lucinda*** 05:15 - Nice music box sounding intro and beautiful duet conversational vocals with the late, great Lhasa de Sela. I love this track. Haunting vocals about time running out, which makes sense given Lhasa died shortly after this was recorded. Slow, lovely, with strings and woodwinds. Play this one.
6. Fear of Emptiness 03:59 - Instrumental. Lovely percussion centric with ?harmonium?
7. How He Entered*** 04:45 - Oh, I like this one from the first note. Tindersticks loves to do "narrative songs" and this is a great one from them. Spoken vocals with lovely strings and piano backing and a latin rythm. Play it.
8. The Waiting Room 04:54 - Organ and vocals only. Sounds like funeral music with Stuart Staples singing a Capella.
9. Planting Holes 02:02 - Instrumental. Sounds like a depressed Mr Roger's Neighborhood theme with organ and found sound. atmospheric. quaint. lovely.
10. We Are Dreamers 05:20** - Deep, bass-y, droning, ominous with more of the lilting organ that characterizes most of the album. Another Stuart duet, this time with Jehnny Beth, from Savages. Builds to another layered crescendo.
11. Like Only Lovers Can** 04:33 - Light, upbeat for Tindersticks. Probably the most accessible song on the album (though not my favorite, as a Tindersticks fan). A pretty song about people being awful to each other. ;-)

Track Listing
1. Follow Me   6. This Fear Of Emptiness
2. Second Chance Man   7. How He Entered
3. Were We Once Lovers?   8. The Waiting Room
4. Help Yourself   9. Planting Holes
5. Hey Lucinda (Feat. Lhasa De Sela)   10. We Are Dreamers! (Feat. Jehnny Beth)
  11. Like Only Lovers Can