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Posted by: Dave on September 19, 2005 at 10:14 pm

Sound: Big rock meets bohemian punk attitude; arena-sized guitar riffs, powerful organs, blaring horns and nimble piano melodies (think Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Bandicon or The Black Crowesicon) collide with Craig Finn’s husky, sneering talk/sung vocals
Lyrics: Darkly amusing storytelling that poetically details youthful, “hoodrat” behavior (“hoodrat” is a recurring word throughout the album); drinking, buying/selling/abusing drugs, casual sex and breakups are recurring themes
Heavy Rotation tracks:Cattle and the Creeping Thingsicon“; “Your Little Hoodrat Friendicon
Medium Rotation tracks:Hornets! Hornets!icon“; “How a Resurrection Really Feelsicon
Recommended: The first three tracks are certainly better than the rest of the album, but anyone fascinated by a strong, literary and unconventional voice should get familiar with The Hold Steady.
Grade: B+

(As posted 9/19/05 on davepowersmusic.com)
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