Tindersticks - Across Six Leap Years

20th-anniversary revisit to classics and more

Tindersticks have done a very curious thing to commemorate their 20 years of recording. Checking in to Abbey Road, they’ve re-recorded 10 tracks from their back catalogue, released or otherwise, that they wanted another crack at.

Mercifully, there’s no radical reworking. If anything, the chosen songs sound even more like they did before – if perhaps only because of the way we remember them. She’s Gone, for instance, is more doleful and belligerent than it was in 1994, while If You’re Looking For A Way Out – itself adopted from Odyssey and originally covered in 1999 – now seems more sultry, jazz-flecked and, well, apologetic. Most criminally overlooked from the selection is What Are You Fighting For?, a standalone single from 2006 that points at the piano-led, lighter touch style that would surface, in part at least, on The Something Rain. Tindersticks always sound best when they admit defeat, and it’s clearest on this closer.

Across Six Leap Years serves the weirdest of purposes, pleasing (presumably) both band and fans. Many of these reworks are so slightly different as to possibly only truly satisfy the former, but no matter. A great song is a great song is a great song. 

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Reviewed by Jake Kennedy
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