Released today, Falling Down A Mountain by Tindersticks is the first album release of 2010 for 4AD. It also has the honour of being the first to appear on the shelves with a CAD 3X catalogue number.
The label debut from the band, Falling Down A Mountain is their eighth long-player and very much a group effort - with the trio of Stuart Staples, David Boulter and Neil Fraser having been joined by fresh additions Earl Harvin and David Kitt. Among other guests on the record, it notably features a rare guest vocal appearance by Mary Margaret O’Hara, who duets on 'Peanuts'.
As they readily admit themselves, this album shows the band pushing themselves with a renewed purpose and hunger, highlighting a more colourful side and proving them able to still throw a few surprises.
The critics have been suitably impressed with many plaudits for the album already filed...
"Quite an achievement... a feast: dense and opaque, but never sluggish or lacklustre." Mail On Sunday (5/5)
"Tindersticks remain at the top of their game and, better still, they seem to want to play." Record Collector (4/5)
"Stunning....exquisite....gorgeous." MOJO (4/5)
"Falling Down A Mountain is a subtly strong album, full of self-belief and always climbing, carrying you with it." Uncut (4/5)
"A band on top form." The Sunday Times (4/5)
"Rare evidence that reformed bands can make records that matter." The Word
"Another truly great Tindersticks record to add to your collection." Clash (8/10)
"The well never seems to run dry." Rock Sound (8/10)
"Like a vintage Bordeaux, it slips down a treat." NME
"Evident proof that Stuart Staples' creative palette is as vibrant and uncompromising as it ever has been, and for that alone we're sincerely and eternally grateful." Drowned In Sound
The band are soon touring Europe (starting on the 2nd of February in Portugal) and all their tour dates can be found here.
Please note that this album is being released in North America through Constellation Records and is out on February 16th. More info here.