Bathtime [#2]

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The second volume of the Tindersticks' 1997 Bathtime single features the dramatic title track (taken from the band's 1997 album Curtains) as well as three tracks recorded live at the I.C.A. in London during a five-night stand. The first of the live tracks is a sparse, haunting version of the band's cover of Townes van Zandt's "Kathleen," the keening violin providing mournful commentary on Stuart Staples' broken vocals. The next track is a low-key version of the band's cover of Pavement's "Here." On record, this song is almost perky by Tindersticks standards, here it is sad and a little dirge-y. The last track is a loud, disjointed take on the band's own "Tyed," which captures the band at its most traditionally intense. It feels a little rote here. In fact, all the live tracks do, as the band does not sound at its most inspired here, making this one of its least desirable collectable singles.