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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic for an ignorant generation., 15 July 2008
This review is from: Stay Positive (Audio CD)
Writing this review I don't mean to sound judgemental or condecending, but I feel I must take a moment to vent my rage.

The Hold Steady are a band who along with many other great American artists(Richmond Fontaine and The National to name two) who are continually ignored by the general public in the UK.
This is the band's 4th album and I firmly beleive it to be their career high-point to date.

If you are yet to hear the dlights of Craig Finn and co, then let me take a second to discribe their sound.
Imagine if you will Bruce Springteens's E Street Band having grown up listening to 80's punk legends Husker Du and Fugazi, then decideing to bring in a poetic literate (much in the same vein as our own home-grown genius Mark E Smith) to bring the stories to their songs, and your somewhere near knowing what they sound like.

In the early part of the decade, 'The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me' was released to much critical acclaim from across the pond, and yet did'nt make so much as a rain drop in the puddle of hype left by The Strokes thunderstorm.

Non-detered the band ploughed on and released 'Seperation Sunday' in 2005, which again garnered huge praise by ou american cousins. But alas bands such as Coldplay and Snow Patrol bored their way into the public's record collection instead. *sigh*.

But again The Hold Steady continued to spread their sermon to the unwanting masses, and at the end of 2006 released the startling good record 'Boy's and Girl's in America'. But, you guessed it, the album was ignored in favour of such modern greats like Hard-Fi and The Kooks, who's legacy I'm sure will be talked about for years to come. (Apoligises to any American's reading this, but thats what you call 'being Ironic').

And so we come to 2008 and the band have once again decided to bring their gospel to this country's sorry music scene, and I implore each of you reading this review to make the effort to discover this seminal band before it's too late.
So instead of wasting your hard-earned money on the latest fashion statement (don't get me started on One Night Only) give this record a try, and y'know what ?, it might just change your life.

I'm sorry to any Hold Steady fans reading this who maybe wanted an opinion on the record itself, but I figured you already knew how truly special this band are, and were gonna buy it with or without my recommendation. So let's just be grateful Craig Finn has once again decided to bring the sermon to this unknowing (or un-caring) country.

And I'll see you on the front pew.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2009 15:00:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Oct 2009 10:45:49 BDT
Twig says:
Spot on! Why are US bands and singers so good? Joanna Newsome, Jolie Holland, Animal Collective, Bon Iver, American Music Club, Low Anthem, Sufjan Stevens, Bright Eyes, Richmond Fontaine, Okkervil River - a seemingly endless list. I confess, I'd never really 'got' the Hold Steady, put off by the vocals. Then I saw them at this year's End of the Road Festival. The songs just came alive. Since getting back, I haven't listened to anything else. Congratulations also on your list of books, which I stumbled across when reading reviews of the Motel Life. Half way through, and blown away. One more for the list perhaps - it's certainly on mine - would be Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell. Given the other books you've listed, I think you'll love it. Cheers.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2009 09:31:01 GMT
'Winter's Bone' is indeed a fantastic read, thanks for the recommendation. May I, in turn, recommened anything written by the sublime William Gay. He is a gothic American touchstone.

Posted on 18 Jul 2010 16:11:52 BDT
L. Tannette says:
Couldn't agree more.There are so many brilliant American bands that are totally ignored here

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2010 13:47:34 BDT
Twig says:
Yes, William Gay is very good. I'd already read Twilight - shame the title has now been debased! Have since read the rest. Have you also discovered Tom Franklin? Hell at the Breech is similar to Woodrell, and wonderful. Smonk is like nothing I've ever read before! And my book of the year so far is Peace by Richard Bausch.
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