The Hungry Saw

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The Hungry Saw
Studio album by Tindersticks
Released 28 April 2008
Recorded June–August 2007
Le Chien Chanceaux, France
Eastcote Studios, London
Olympic Studios, London
Genre Chamber pop
Label Beggars Banquet (UK & Europe)
Constellation (US & Canada)
Producer Stuart A. Staples
Tindersticks chronology
Working for the Man
The Hungry Saw
Falling Down a Mountain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club A–[2]
Drowned in Sound 7/10 stars[3]
The Observer 3/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media 7.1/10[5]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
Spin 6/10 stars[8]
Uncut 3/5 stars[9]

The Hungry Saw is the seventh studio album by British alternative band Tindersticks, released in April 2008 on Beggars Banquet Records in the UK and Europe, and on Constellation Records in North America.


Musical differences had come to a head during the recording of Tindersticks' previous album Waiting for the Moon in 2003, and the band embarked on an extended hiatus, during which time they pursued solo projects. The original six members reconvened for one final time in September 2006 to play their second album Tindersticks in its entirety for the Don't Look Back series of concerts, after which three of the band members left the group.

The remaining three members, Stuart Staples, David Boulter and Neil Fraser, were reinvigorated by the concert and were keen to continue as Tindersticks. In 2006 Staples and his family had relocated to Limousin in France, and during the first half of 2007 the band built their own studio, Le Chien Chanceaux, in a barn in his garden.[10] Most of the recording for the new album (the first Tindersticks album in five years) took place over an eight-day period in June 2007 in the new studio. Dan McKinna and Thomas Belhom (later to become full-time members of the group) were recruited to play bass and drums respectively, and long-time collaborators Ian Caple, Terry Edwards, Lucy Wilkins and Calina de la Mare helped with the recording and the arrangements. Following further recording sessions at Eastcote Studios and Olympic Studios in London, the album was mixed at Le Chien Chanceaux.


The album artwork is by Stuart Staples and his artist wife, Suzanne Osborne. Staples had used a screwdriver to carve the picture of the heart and saw into the wall of his kitchen at home in Limousin, along with the tracklisting of the album, "to make it stay there. To properly mark our new start."[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Introduction" (David Boulter) – 3:32
  2. "Yesterdays Tomorrows" (Boulter/Stuart Staples) – 3:49
  3. "The Flicker of a Little Girl" (Staples) – 3:30
  4. "Come Feel the Sun" (Boulter/Staples) – 2:28
  5. "E-Type" (Boulter) – 2:54
  6. "The Other Side of the World" (Staples) – 4:12
  7. "The Organist Entertains" (Boulter) – 2:33
  8. "The Hungry Saw" (Staples) – 3:46
  9. "Mother Dear" (Staples) – 4:19
  10. "Boobar Come Back to Me" (Staples) – 3:58
  11. "All the Love" (Staples) – 4:53
  12. "The Turns We Took" (Boulter/Staples) – 8:01



  • David Boulter – pianos, organ, percussion and guitar
  • Neil Fraser – electric and acoustic guitars
  • Stuart A. Staples – vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Thomas Belhom – drums and percussion
  • Terry Edwards – trumpet, saxophones and brass arrangements
  • Joanne Fraser – flute
  • Caroline Hall – trombone
  • Sally Hibbert – violin
  • Calina de la Mare – violin and string arrangements on "The Other Side of the World"
  • Dan McKinna – bass guitars and vocals
  • Andy Nice – cello on "Come Feel the Sun" and "All the Love"
  • Suzanne Osborne – vocals on "All the Love"
  • Louise Peacock – violin
  • Julian Siegel – bass clarinet
  • Lucy Wilkins – lead violin and string arrangements on "The Other Side of the World", "The Organist Entertains" and "Mother Dear"
  • Sarah Willson – cello


  1. ^ Sendra, Tim. Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw > Review at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rizov, Vadim (15 September 2008). "Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Billy (2 May 2008). "Tindersticks – The Hungry Saw". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Stevenson, Campbell (20 April 2008). "Tindersticks, The Hungry Saw". The Observer. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Berman, Stuart (1 May 2008). "Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Keefe, Michael (14 May 2008). "Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw". PopMatters. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw". Q (May 2008). p. 141. 
  8. ^ Zimmerman, Shannon (2 October 2008). "Tindersticks, The Hungry Saw". Spin. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Richards, Sam. "Tindersticks – The Hungry Saw". Uncut. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Rogers, Jude (1 May 2008). "'It was time to look each other in the eye'". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2012.