The Waiting Room (Tindersticks album)

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The Waiting Room
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LabelCity Slang
Lucky Dog
Tindersticks chronology
Across Six Leap Years
The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room is the eleventh studio album by the British band Tindersticks, released in 2016 on the City Slang label. Some editions of the album came packaged with a short film that had been commissioned for each song by various directors.[1]


Opening track "Follow Me" was the final song recorded for the album. When the band needed a piece of music to act as an introduction, Stuart Staples and musical arranger Julian Siegel used the melody from Bronisław Kaper's soundtrack to the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty, which Staples had found himself humming as he walked down the street.[2] "We Are Dreamers!" features vocals by Jehnny Beth of Savages, who recorded her part in ten minutes.[2]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubB+[5]
DIY3/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound8/10[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media8.0/10[1]
PopMatters8/10 stars[9]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, The Waiting Room received an average score of 82, based on 20 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[3] Marc Burrows of Drowned in Sound called it "a rich, warm, comfort blanket of a record, marbled with veins of darkness and light",[7] while AllMusic reviewer Thom Jurek called it a "mixed bag".[4]


Publication Accolade Year Rank
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2016

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stuart A. Staples, except where noted.

  1. "Follow Me" (Bronislau Kaper) – 2:45
  2. "Second Chance Man" – 3:56
  3. "Were We Once Lovers?" – 4:49
  4. "Help Yourself" – 5:38
  5. "Hey Lucinda" (featuring Lhasa de Sela) – 5:16
  6. "This Fear of Emptiness" (David Boulter) – 3:59
  7. "How He Entered" (Dan McKinna, Staples) – 4:46
  8. "The Waiting Room" – 4:54
  9. "Planting Holes" (Boulter) – 2:03
  10. "We Are Dreamers!" – 5:21
  11. "Like Only Lovers Can" (Boulter, Staples) – 4:33


  1. ^ a b Berman, Stuart (26 January 2016). "Tindersticks: The Waiting Room". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Heller, Jason (14 January 2016). "Stuart A. Staples On Tindersticks' 'The Waiting Room,' Track By Track". NPR. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for The Waiting Room". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "The Waiting Room — Tindersticks". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  5. ^ Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy (22 January 2016). "Chamber rockers Tindersticks stay dark and soulful on The Waiting Room". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  6. ^ Goggins, Joe. "Album Review: Tindersticks — The Waiting Room". DIY. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b Burrows, Marc (29 February 2016). "Album Review: Tindersticks — The Waiting Room". Drowned in Sound. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  8. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (21 January 2016). "Tindersticks: The Waiting Room review – injects life into the loucheness". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  9. ^ Whitelock, Ed (10 February 2016). "Tindersticks: The Waiting Room". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Albums of the Year". Rough Trade. November 14, 2016. Archived from the original on November 16, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016.

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