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Donkeys  - Tindersticks (Compilation) - 1992-1997
Label: Island 524 588-2 (UK)
Format: CD
From: UK
My rating: 7/10

Entered: 07/12/2001
Last updated: 05/03/2003

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This is an unusual compilation. It's not one I rushed to buy; in fact I only really bought it because I found it so cheaply. It's pretty nice though, compiling unusual early Tindersticks recordings, many of which I quite liked at the time. Some of their best tracks are here - 'marbles', 'her' and 'travelling light', for example. 'Her' in particular is great, and the version here is gritty and superbly twangy, just like the peel session version which was what first got me into the group. I got a big nostalgia trip hearing 'here', just because I was a big fan of the Pavement original back in 1992. This pretty little version is quite fun too. I guess the bottom line for me and Tindersticks is that I can't help but agree with the acquaintance of mine who commented that 'Stuart Staples always sings as if he has his mouth half full of sandwich'. I can't love the man's voice, but they remain a superb group, capable of creating incredible atmosphere. To be fair, this does end up being a very strong release, with more greate tracks like the duet with Isabella Rosselini - 'a marriage made in heaven', which borrows its introduction from Lee Hazlewood's 'sand', and the harsh piano bass of the single 'bathtime'.
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