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Tindersticks: Live at The Botanique, Brussels

David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

AH, EUROPE. Given the increasingly infantile world of Anglo-American rock and pop culture, it's heartening to know there are giant pockets of pre-post-modern, un-ironic reverentiality still left on the continent, where musical concerns like Tindersticks can thrive. The Botanique boasts a detached bar, restaurant and exhibition room among other features. It's also, literally, the greenhouse its name suggests it to be, but sweaty punters have the option of strolling out onto a balcony. Such a space could only be imagined in London. The dense foliage in the giant corridors adds to the air of some dreamlike fin-de-siecle classical event. All in all, it's the perfect setting for Tindersticks' chamber-pop.

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