Falling Down A Mountain (4AD/Constellation)
Tindersticks’ return to form on their eighth album isn’t evident when you first press play. But look past the uninteresting six-minute jazz drone that opens the album and you’ll see that the prolific English group still has the enough soul to succeed.
Stuart Staples’s quavery, near-congested baritone has a pleasant tickle, especially on album highlights like the sombre Factory Girls and the playful Motownish Harmony Around My Table. Those concerned that composer Dickon Hinchliffe’s departure in 2006 spelled the end for the band will be pleased to know that the strong string and brass arrangements survive most of the album’s mood swings.
Top track: Harmony Around My Table