Tindersticks might be my favourite band of near-brilliance. And by near-brilliance I mean that they don’t overwhelm. They leave you on the verge of orgasm, they almost knock you down. Almost, but not quite.
That extra punch that is missing – I’ve come to realise it could actually be the whole point. It’s intricate and it’s elusive. “Travelling Light”, “Another Night In”, “Kathleen”, etc. They all have moments that threaten to kill (like Furniture’s “Brilliant Mind” does), but they never really do. Fantastic music all the same. Stylish, brooding, beautifully understated.