Stuart A Staples - Leaving Songs (Beggars Banquet)
Following from last years lo-fi Lucky Dog Recordings album the Tindersticks frontman has made a set of songs very much aligned to his band, with single That Leaving Feeling virtually impossible to tell apart from the groups back catalogue. This is no bad thing and a British Serge Gainsberg tag is nicely helped by a number of duets on the record with female foils to Staples wit and anger, notably Maria McKee on This Road is Long. Dark, brooding, moody and strangely uplifting, this is late night listening for the broken hearted and Tindersticks fans waiting for some new material. Invest.