Distractions

Tindersticks - Distractions
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2021 Ratings: #89 / 227
User Score
Based on 78 ratings
2021 Ratings: #254
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February 19, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
City Slang / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

Confessional moments have been a regular feature in their music over the years but here they sound as intimate and softly-delivered as ever.

80
Uncut

In years to come, we may look back on this record as transitional, or a product of its times. But to hear a band of this vintage still listening — and responding - to their instincts is a joy in itself.

80
The Arts Desk

A more minimalist style has been adopted that occasionally seems to utilise little more than a cheap Casio keyboard and a sampler to create vocal and instrumental loops. It’s a sound, however, that is far from jarring and actually suits their claustrophobic and mournful tunes quite well.

80
AllMusic

It's a powerful, evocative work that speaks to the time that created it as well as the continued creative growth of a unique and gifted group of artists.

70
Loud and Quiet

On their thirteenth album, Tindersticks sound warm, close and very human indeed.

60
Mojo

Recorded remotely, Distractions is febrile and modern but cries out for a through-line.

avernannes
33
★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
3.3/10

What is this album?? The vocals are unbearable and annoying, the sound quality is dramatic, only the instrumental parts are not that bad, but when the extra effects like a giant wave of car horns (?) join in, it's just sad to hear. Good title though, I felt really distracted all the way through this record.
Doofy
74
As the other reviews here attest, this probably isn’t the best entry point into the huge Tindersticks discog - still, if you’re already acclimatised to their sound then many of the songs here, like the sublime cover of Neil Young’s ‘A Man Needs a Maid’, will resonate deep.

Tindersticks are an acquired taste, but a delicious one 🤤
tha138
70
Some friends from the past came knocking at the door of my soul with their burning hands, aiming to distract me from my false bonds and release my gaze.
I simply feel the need to thank them for being back and for their fine persistance.
Felix_96
50
5/10

meh

Fav tracks: <none>
simonferocious
59
an album that consists of pretty solid ideas, but doesn't really flesh them out and thus falls flat

“Man Alone” could be described as a slowly growing sensory overload. it’s the subtly present blend of an underground slow rave and a poetry reading.
the lyrics “falling into this ceiling / falling into this life” are mixed with the sound of a thunderstorm and a heavy downpour, while there’s just a single bass note repeated
underneath and all over the ... read more
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Added on: January 13, 2021