It’s a peculiar enterprise. On the face of it, these re-imaginings just don’t add much to the originals, and accordingly it’s hard to see ‘Across Six Leap Years’ as being of much benefit to anyone but the band themselves. They remain superbly written and performed songs, of course: ‘Sleepy Song’ still bubbles with menace, ‘She’s Gone’ still aches exquisitely. Then again, so do the original versions. Although it’s great that Tindersticks are still going strong after two decades, let’s hope ‘Across Six Leap Years’ will free them up to look to the future for their next project.
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