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Posted by: Dave on October 13, 2006 at 12:13 pm

HoldSteadyBoysGirlsSound: Craig Finn’s husky and coarse vocals suck you into his gripping and specific tales of drug use, drinking, partying, dysfunctional boy/girl relationships and life…while the band plays good ol’ rock and roll with a loose, live, soulful feel and rebellious spirit. The swirling organ, nimble piano and blaring horns can give The Hold Steady a Springsteen/Black Crowes feel, but they’ve got more punk attitude.
Heavy Rotation tracks: Chips Ahoy!”; “Hot Soft Light”; “Party Pit
Medium Rotation tracks: The rest
Explicit Lyrics*: Nothing FCC-restricted, but lots of drug and some sex references.
Recommended: Last year’s Separation Sunday broke them to a wider audience and for very good reason. Though Boys and Girls In America may not be quite as intense, I think it’s more consistent from start to finish, more relaxed and fun, and just as captivating lyrically.
Grade: A-

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* Noting of explicit lyrics is for the benefit of radio music directors or anyone else that needs/wants to keep their music FCC-friendly.



One Response to “The Hold Steady Boys and Girls In America (Vagrant)”

  1. The Hold Steady Stay Positive (Vagrant) « songseek.net Says:

    […] Recommended: It’s exciting to hear The Hold Steady branch out and successfully add so many surprising and bold colors to their palette. Stay Positive is a very consistent album, but it’s a little short on standout tracks – which puts it just a notch below Boys and Girls in America (my #7 album of 2006). And though Craig Finn’s tales of partying, relationships, religion and death are always compelling, they’re not quite as gripping as they were on previous albums. […]

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