Sad sack Tindersticks frontman Stuart Staples is one of the few contemporary singers you could imagine Morrissey calling up to say, "Cheer up, mate, it's not so bad." So it's a pleasant surprise to find the Tindersticks lightening things up a bit on The Hungry Saw. Don't count on any bright and sunny party jams, however. This is still mostly a dark and downtempo affair, but at least some swinging grooves are added to the mix along with some sweetly swelling horn and string arrangements to offset Staples's bleaker inclinations.
The Hungry Saw may make Leonard Cohen's stuff sound positively giddy, but it's a positive turn for the Tindersticks.