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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The Blues Kitchen Camden
This lively, contemporary bar-diner on the main Camden drag celebrates American musical heritage in song (live shows, DJs, free harmonica lessons), spirits and sustenance. The food is all-American in spirit and substance, with barbecue and burgers featuring prominently. Though you can, if you insist, order a 'superfood salad.' There are around 50 bourbons in a variety of categories, some used as bases for cocktails. Rarer types (Blanton’s Gold, Sazerac 18-Year-Old Rye, Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash) go for a tenner or more, but otherwise you’ll be paying £3.50 to £6. ‘America’s native spirit’ is how Kentucky bourbon is described, with Ancient Age and Evan Williams typical examples; Tennessee, ‘the first cousin of Kentucky’, is honoured with a full suit of Jack Daniel’s labels.
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