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Classic Album Review: Tindersticks | Trouble Every Day

The mopey Brits score with this soundtrack to a film about a cannibal Black Widow.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Coldplay, Travis and Starsailor may be the new sad princes of Britpop, but they can’t hold a snuffed-out candle to the popes of mope in Tindersticks.

Their lushly sombre, molasses-slow brand of wrist-slash balladry is so bleak it makes Morrissey seem giddy as a schoolgirl. So naturally, they’re the perfect band to provide the score for Trouble Every Day, a bizarre French film about a woman who romances, kills and then devours her dates. Even without watching the movie, it’s easy to see that the ’sticks dark, twisted romanticism and tragic grandeur — achieved here with track after track of haunting strings, brooding melodies and sparse arrangements — would perfectly complement the proceedings. One quibble: Since it’s a film score, this is a mostly instrumental CD with few vocal tracks. Then again, it only seems right that we should have something to mope about too.