Falling Down a Mountain

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Falling Down a Mountain
Falling Down a Mountain cover.jpg
Studio album by Tindersticks
Released 25 January 2010 (UK & Europe)
16 February 2010 (US)
Recorded Le Chien Chanceaux, France and ICP Studios, Brussels
May–July 2009
Genre Chamber Pop
Length 44:37
Label 4AD (UK & Europe)
Constellation Records (US)
Tindersticks chronology
The Hungry Saw
(2008)The Hungry Saw2008
Falling Down a Mountain
The Something Rain
(2012)The Something Rain2012

Falling Down a Mountain is the eighth studio album by English rock band Tindersticks, released in 2010 on 4AD/Constellation Records. Although the album failed to chart in their homeland, it still became a commercial success in Greece, by charting at No. 2 spending 5 weeks on the international artist charts.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (favourable)[2]
Drowned in Sound 7/10 stars[3]
Mojo 4/5 stars[4]
NME 6/10 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10)[6]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[7]
Q 3/5 stars[8]
Spin 7/10 stars[9]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]

The album was released to generally positive reviews. Drowned in Sound felt that Tindersticks have "created a record that certainly rivals, if not betters any of its three predecessors from the past decade".[3] Pitchfork Media summed up the record by saying "it leaves a very hazy, almost spectral impression when it ends. But it's also warm and in some ways comforting, and it improves the more you listen to it and tease out the details in the songs."[6] BBC Music described the album as "the sound of a band rediscovering themselves"[2] and Uncut had a similar view, saying Tindersticks sounded like "a band with restored self-belief, again loving doing what they do better than anyone else".[10] Allmusic said "Falling Down a Mountain isn't exactly a major reinvention, but it does back up the golden-hued sky gracing its cover with some of their most upbeat and optimistic songs to date".[1] NME was more measured, describing the album as "a dislocated creature" but "the moments of oddness whetted our palette for more."[5] PopMatters was equally unimpressed, calling it "the sound of Tindersticks going through the motions".[7]

In 2011 it was awarded a silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 20,000 copies throughout Europe.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stuart Staples except where indicated.

  1. "Falling Down A Mountain" – 6:33
  2. "Keep You Beautiful" – 3:23
  3. "Harmony Around My Table" – 5:06
  4. "Peanuts" (with Mary Margaret O'Hara) – 4:37
  5. "She Rode Me Down" – 3:18
  6. "Hubbards Hills" (Dan McKinna) – 3:04
  7. "Black Smoke" – 3:43
  8. "No Place So Alone" – 3:12
  9. "Factory Girls" – 5:55
  10. "Piano Music" – 5:46


  • Stuart Staples – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • David Boulter – keyboards, percussion
  • Neil Fraser – guitar
  • Dan McKinna – bass, vocals
  • Terry Edwards – trumpet
  • Earl Harvin – drums
  • David Kitt – guitar, vocals


  1. ^ a b Hoffman, K. Ross. Tindersticks: Falling Down a Mountain > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b Mueller, Andrew (15 January 2010). "Tindersticks – Falling Down a Mountain – Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Gourlay, Dom (25 January 2010). "Tindersticks – Falling Down a Mountain". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tindersticks: Falling Down a Mountain". Mojo (February 2010). p. 103. 
  5. ^ a b Turner, Luke (22 January 2010). "Album review: Tindersticks – Falling Down a Mountain". Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Tangari, Joe (15 February 2010). "Tindersticks: Falling Down a Mountain". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Schonfeld, Zach (15 February 2010). "Tindersticks: Falling Down a Mountain". PopMatters. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tindersticks: Falling Down a Mountain". Q (February 2010). p. 112. 
  9. ^ Young, Jon. "Tindersticks: Falling Down a Mountain". Spin. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Roberts, Chris. "Tindersticks – Falling Down a Mountain". Uncut (February 2010). Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.impalamusic.org/arc_static/docum/04-press/2009/PR%20-%2020110331.htm