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Teeth Dreams

The Hold Steady Audio CD
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Things to know about The Hold Steady:

• Teeth Dreams is the sixth album from one of America's most acclaimed rock bands.

• This is their first release in four years. Their last, Heaven is Whenever, came out in May 2010.

• The songs on Teeth Dreams came together over the past three years. Many of them went through significant changes along the way. Four ... Read more in Amazon's The Hold Steady Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Washington Square
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Hold Steady will release their new album Teeth Dreams, their sixth album and first on its own Positive Jams imprint, via new label Washington Square, itself a newly established imprint formed by Razor & Tie. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Rush, Evanescence) at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, TN, making it the first time the band recorded outside of New York. This is The Hold Steadys first new music since last years Record Store Day 7" featuring The Bear and the Maiden Fair from HBO's Game of Thrones. Now in their second decade, The Hold Steady formed in 2003 in Brooklyn, NY, and, with their vibrant mixture of punk ethos and classic rock pedigree punctuated by lyrically dense storytelling and guitar riffs, quickly became a critically acclaimed rock band with a rabid fan base to match. Previously signed to Frenchkiss and Vagrant, The Hold Steady have released five studio albums, with their last release Heaven is Whenever in 2010. The Hold Steady is: The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (Drums), Craig Finn (Vocals), Tad Kubler (Guitar, vocals), Galen Polivka (Bass) and Steve Selvidge (Guitar, vocals).

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6th studio album from one of America's most critically acclaimed rock bands, fronted by one of its most literate songwriters

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this album perhaps 100 times, which is a compliment in itself to its quality.

The good news is that the big tunes of their Boys and Girls in America are back with a vengeance. For sometime, I thought that Teeth Dreams paled in comparison to the mighty Separation Sunday and lagged someway behind the brilliant Boys and Girls in America too, feeling that the brilliant lyrics were somewhat less so and the production of Teeth Dreams made a sort of "guitar soup", weakening those crunchy Kubler riffs. Craig Finn's voice is also pushed back to make it sound like more conventional, 'popular' singers presumably. Now, I think that these stories resonate and though the startling, rebellious Christian imagery is missing, the lyrics hold together as a whole rather better than those on the last two albums. As for the 'soup' it's turned out to be energy giving, leaving the listener fired up.

Craig Finn IS up there with Patterson Hood as greatest songwriter of his generation for Separation... and Boys and Girls.... The track Big Cig would have been the best fit from Teeth Dreams on Boys and Girls in America. It's the one most like their style on those albums but misses something of the sheer presence of the Boys and Girls tracks. More specifically, the presence the Hold Steady miss is that of Franz Nicolay. Listening again to Boys and Girls In America, it's illuminating to note how many of the moments that raise the hair on the back of the neck are supplied by Nicolay's piano and organ fills. Unfortunately for Nicolay, he needs the Hold Steady more than they need him.

Part of the pleasure of a Hold Steady album comes from the 30, 40, 50 plays that bring the words and motivations through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hold Steady - Randy Newman meets Husker Du. 24 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
Brooklyn stalwarts The Hold Steady once produced a great album that told us to "Stay Positive". After the rather average fare that was 2010's "Heaven is Whenever" positivity was in in short supply, a half empty glass appeared and it sadly looked that this band was running out of steam. Things had to change and on "Teeth Dreams" the bands guiding leader Craig Finn has moved even deeper into the darkness on the edge of town and in doing so largely downplayed the explicit "pop" edge within the band. The sound here is a sort of Randy Newman meets Husker Du with a large splash of Clash thrown in through the dual guitar assault of Tad Kubler and new band member Steve Selvidge. It appears to have remedied the situation as "Teeth Dreams" is the Hold Steady back on course and producing an album worth seeking out with some urgency.

The colours are pretty much nailed to the mast from the off. Opener "I hope this whole thing didn't frighten you" is an enormous blast of guitar riffery and a big Finn vocal spitting out the warning lines that "There was a side of this city I didn't want you to see/There's just these guys that I know we go back pretty deep". The pace is further quickened for "Spinners" a clear album standout. It also shows the difference between this album and its predecessors. Finn is no longer in the endless search of the catchy hook or melodic shortcut. This anthem is built on sheer power and energy and as a result "Spinners" is easily one of their best recorded moments. Throughout the tone is relentless with "The Only Thing" powering along with pace and verve. When a slight pause is introduced with the very nice rock ballad "The Ambassador", the quiet is rudely broken with the introduction of "On with business" which would bring a huge grin to the late great Phil Lynott's face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A massive grower!!! 28 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD
This is a massive grower!! Up until Heaven Is Whenever The Hold Steady could do no wrong but, aside from a couple of belters, I thought that album was a real lull. On the first couple of listens I was similarly underwhelmed by Teeth Dreams, but you simply have to give this record time. Having had it on the stereo for a fortnight I can't get enough of it, and I really do think it's one of their finest hours.

Picking out individual tracks is tough because it's a really cohesive album that works beautifully from start to finish, but On With The Business is as good as anything Finn has ever written. I agree with the previous reviewers who weren't mad on the production and, given how great The Hold Steady are live, I bet these songs will sound twice as good in the flesh, but overall I think this record is a massive return to form for a great band and I urge the doubters to give it a few more spins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Record! 29 Aug 2014
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Full of catchy thought provoking songs, each one delivered with real intensity by Craig Finn. These guys are truely unique and every song on this album draws your attention completely. The Hold Steady could never be background music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For fans and everyone else 5 Sep 2014
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Very underrated band who deliver in their usual great style
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