When an album begins like "The Something Rain", the listener cannot escape: "Chocolate" is an almost ten-minute spoken chamber play about love, passion, desire and hot chocolate. And a rude awakening at the end. The band plays along like in their possessed early days: wild, melancholic, desperate. Does this epochal introduction - finally - bring us an album that can compete with the band's early masterpieces? I'm afraid not. What follows is good Tindersticks material, but by no means a return to the chamber pop of the epochal first two records. The driven "Frozen" comes closest to the love-drunken madness of the debut. But above all, the cheap drum computer in the otherwise brilliant prelude single "Medicine" shows that the trio around Stuart A. Staples has exactly what it used to lack: a sense of style. To avoid a wrong impression: "The Something Rain" is a successful release. But this band is still believed to have epochal potential. Possibly wrongly?
Top track: Chocolate