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Not their best - But more than good enough,
This review is from: Heaven Is Whenever (Audio CD)
Much preferring The Hold Steady's work with keyboards player Franz Nicolay, I was worried when I heard of his departure that the following album would not be up to scratch...
However, "Heaven..." has been a pleasant surprise in that respect, keeping most of the stylistic features that the 2 Franz albums excelled at. The greater amount of production on this album is noticeable too, and whilst this has led to much of the 'Blogshpere' moaning about them selling out, I actually think the production compliments this batch of songs more than it would have on other albums.
With regards to the songs, this album is a funny one. At times it hits tremendous highs (Soft In The Center, The Weekenders), a few lows (Barely Breathing) and and couple of moments where you can't help but say "meh..." (The Smidge, and apart from its glorious ending, A Slight Discomfort)
But all in all 7 and a half top notch tracks is pretty good, and I'm really gutted that i won't be seeing them live this month - I saw them at Vfest 2008 and they were so good I went out and bought Stay Positive the next day.