As a neat counterpoint to the egotistical Britpop years, Tindersticks proved that there was still a place for the underdog. Heavily informed by Lee Hazelwood (with whom singer Stuart Staples shared a lonesone baritone), this Nottingham-based sextet created the soundtrack for drunken self-pity. Like the first album it was confusingly titled 'Tindersticks' but the second album is the definitive release, backed up in this remastered set with the live recording from the Bloomsbury Theatre; superbly recorded, it's at least the equal of the album itself. The marriage of strings to these moving laments is inspired. Crucially, as brilliantly tear-jerking as 'A Night In' and 'Mistakes' are, the diversions are also welcome; an achingly beautiful country duet on 'Travelling Light', the film noir instrumental 'Vertrauen II' or the tragic rambling tale of 'My Sister'. Later albums verged on the formulaic but on these tender tales, depression never sounded so welcoming.