Across Six Leap Years

Across Six Leap Years

by Tindersticks


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Across Six Leap Years

One has to wonder at the motivation behind Tindersticks' Across Six Leap Years. This look back celebrates their 21st anniversary. That said, after their hiatus in 2006, they returned as a trio instead of a sextet, with guest musicians augmenting each record beginning with The Hungry Saw. These ten tracks were recorded at Abbey Road. Half of them date from the previous century; two more are pre-split, and only one, the closer "What Are You Fighting For," is post; it appeared as a Record Store Day single. It allegedly receives a revisioning here, though one would have to A-B the versions to tell. This highlights the problem with ASLY. The two openers, "Friday Night" and "Marseilles Sunshine," are pre-split cuts, but they first appeared on Stuart Staples' 2005 debut solo effort, Lucky Dog Recordings. Their placement here reveals the often bland nature of these re-recordings -- they remain so close to the original arrangements they merely retread the floorboards with slightly more polish and greater fidelity. The same goes for "A Night In," which originally appeared on the band's second album in 1995. Since Tindersticks is literally half the size of the group that first cut it, it would stand to reason that this leaner machine would compensate with a different chart. Three tracks are marked exceptions. "If You're Looking for a Way Out," a cover of Tindersticks' cover of an Odyssey track that appeared on Simple Pleasure, is looser, more fluid, and more transparent in its connection to '70s-era, East Coast -- i.e. Philly -- soul. "Sleepy Song," whose first version is also from their second album, is performed here with far more tension and drama. The spirit of restraint in its original gives way, and the roiling menace underneath is allowed to surface and breathe as the song's dynamic expands. "Say Goodbye to the City," from Waiting for the Moon, is louder and marginally more uptempo, but the increased drama via the bleating trumpet fills and solo, and the strident female backing chorus coming from the pocket, elevate it. There isn't anything inherently "wrong" with the music on Across Six Leap Years. But given the triumphant The Something Rain from 2012, the retrospective box of Clair Denis film scores issued later that year, and the release of the Salauds score earlier in 2013, this feels more like a shoulder shrug than an anniversary celebration. Perhaps "for hardcore fans only" should be printed on a sticker on the sleeve -- if not stamped on the cover.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2013
Label: Lucky Dog
UPC: 4250506807269
catalogNumber: 15

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Performance Credits

Tindersticks   Primary Artist
Gina Foster   Vocals
Earl Harvin   Drums,Vocals
Lucy Wilkins   Violin,String Quartet
Byron Wallen   Trumpet
Calina de la Mare   Violin,String Quartet
Oliver Kraus   Cello
Howard Gott   Violin
Julia Singleton   Violin
Julian Siegel   Tenor Saxophone
Neil Fraser   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Andy Nice   Cello,Tenor Saxophone
Louise Peacock   Violin
Dan McKinna   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Stuart Staples   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Harry Brown   Trombone
Jason Yarde   Baritone Saxophone
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Sophie Sirota   Viola
Robert Spriggs   Viola,String Quartet
Rachel Robson   Viola
Sarah Willson   Cello,String Quartet
Rick Koster   Violin
Alison Dods   Violin
Andrew Nice   Cello
Caroline Hall   Trombone
Charlie Cross   Viola
Terry Edwards   Trumpet,Baritone Saxophone
David Boulter   Percussion,Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Tindersticks   Composer
Philip Bagenal   Engineer,Production Guidance
Lucy Wilkins   String Arrangements,String Section,String Transcription
Calina de la Mare   String Arrangements,String Section,String Transcription
Oliver Kraus   String Section
Howard Gott   String Section
Julia Singleton   String Section
Robert Dukes   Cover Painting
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Louise Peacock   String Section
Stuart Staples   Producer
Natalia Bonner   String Section
Sophie Sirota   String Section
Robert Spriggs   String Section
Rachel Robson   String Section
Sarah Willson   String Section
Rick Koster   String Section
Alison Dods   String Section
Andrew Nice   String Section
Charlie Cross   String Section
Wilkins McKinna   String Arrangements
Christophe Agou   Cover Photo

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