The Waiting Room

Tindersticks - The Waiting Room
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #168 / 760
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2016 Ratings: #349
January 22, 2016 / Release Date
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City Slang / Label
Chamber Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!
The group's signature sound remains, but unorthodox arrangements and instrumentation keep things interesting.
84
Paste
The album is full of this uprooting, this sense of comfort abandoned. It’s what makes this band essential still decades past its debut.
83
A.V. Club
Though Tindersticks is no longer angling for the pure dramatic sweep of its ambitious ’90s records, it remains a unique band, maintaining a sense of creativity (and making beautiful music) while working within limited themes.
80
The 405

The Waiting Room is Tindersticks on ravishing form. For die-hards and newcomers alike, it's hard not to be drawn in by the lush facade it creates.

80
Clash
The knack for subtlety that comes from spending one’s time occupying the spaces in between has served them well of late and is perhaps most transparently powerful on their tenth studio release.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Now in their third decade the song remains the same, but on The Waiting Room Tindersticks still sound so out of time that ironically their music feels neither dated nor futuristic, it just is. And that’s exactly how it should be.

80
The Guardian

There is a simple, traditional pleasure in its earthy, untampered warmth – it is an album to be ingested in one sitting; the kind of immersive, intricately produced music designed to be listened to on some extravagantly priced, high-quality audio player.

80
musicOMH

The Waiting Room is another immensely satisfying collection from a band always able – even after personnel upheavals – to explore multiple styles while remaining ineffably themselves.

80
Pitchfork

The Waiting Room might be Tindersticks’ most subdued effort to date, but it still flashes the irreverence that enlivened efforts like The Something Rain and Falling Down a Mountain.

80
PopMatters

Clocking in at just under fifty minutes, this is the most cohesive and engaging set the band has created. The lessons of their cinematic compositions have served the band well.

80
Drowned in Sound

This is a rich, warm, comfort blanket of a record, marbled with veins of darkness and light.

70
Slant Magazine

The Waiting Room is organized around subtle cues, including a trio of minimalist instrumentals that draw a direct parallel to Tindersticks' distinctive soundtrack work.

70
AllMusic

While The Waiting Room is a mixed bag, it's far more relaxed and sure of itself than Across Six More Leap Years was.

65
Under The Radar

It's hard to find a band more moving at exploring longing, loss, and despair than Tindersticks, and The Waiting Room is such a vehicle.

60
DIY
‘The Waiting Room’ is reserved and considered, yet you still come out of the other end feeling like you’ve run the emotional gamut.
84
oh man i dig these groovy tunes!
Doofy
84
That this is the sleepiest album of their career is impossible to deny; every song here carries the air of time winding down, whether it's last orders at the jazz bar or the final dance of the night in God's very own waiting room.

This would make for a terrible sales pitch for any band other than the Tindersticks, but in their capable world-worn hands there's never any doubt they'll succeed in delivering that familiar welcome hit of subtle sad-sacks song craft.

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exception
63
there were some riffs here and there that i found appealing, but the album begins to lose its flavor after the first few tracks
seszental
75
BEST TRACKS:
- Help Yourself
- The Waiting Room
- Like Only Lovers Can
65
good for bckground in a starbucks but its pretty bland
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#13/Rough Trade
#65/Fopp

Track List

  1. Follow Me
  2. Second Chance Man
  3. Were We Once Lovers?
  4. Help Yourself
  5. Hey Lucinda
  6. This Fear of Emptiness
  7. How He Entered
  8. The Waiting Room
  9. Planting Holes
  10. We Are Dreamers!
  11. Like Only Lovers Can
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