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Hold Steady

Boys And Girls In America

(World/Inferno Friendship Society)

Vagrant 442

Released on October 3, 2006

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Damn you, Hold Steady! How can any band be this good? Boys and Girls In America is the third straight chain-smoker from everybodys favorite Brooklyn bar band. Has anybody made three albums this great in three consecutive years lately? The Replacements never did it. I guess Husker Du did it, 83-85, and Creedence, 68-70but thats the level the Hold Steady has already achieved. Craig Finn motormouths his stories of doomed kids looking for love and drugs and fun (He was Tennyson in denim and sheepskin / He looked a lot like Izzy Stradlin), while the band steals riffs from Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, and .38 Special. Their 2004 debut, The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me, is probably my most-played album of the decade so far. On 2005s Separation Sunday, they added a bunch of mock-Springsteen piano flourishes, but apparently not as mock as we all thought, because theyve gotten even Bossier, with a title from a Kerouac quote (Boys and girls in American have such a sad time together). If theres an instant anthem a la Your Little Hoodrat Friend, Barfruit Blues, or Killer Parties, its Chillout Tent, a sequel to Journeys Dont Stop Believin, with two young lovers meeting at the rock festivals medical emergency area after too many mushrooms. Definitely a punk rock romance for our time, and a song only the Hold Steady could write.

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# Song Name Popularity
1 Stuck Between Stations Voted #1  29%
2 Chips Ahoy  5%
3 Hot Soft Light Voted #2  14%
4 Same Kooks  2%
5 First Night  10%
6 Party Pit  10%
7 You Can Make Him Like You Voted #3  14%
8 Massive Nights  7%
9 Citrus  7%
10 Chill Out Tent  2%
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Nick from Osage, MN 
Jan 27 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

The hold Steady really have a sound that cannot be described other than "lifter puller as a progressive rock band". They are Craig Finn and Tad Kubler's project after LFTR PLLR Disbanded, and still retain a glimpse of their greatness. The music sounds somewhat 70's alternative rock, but you still have Craig Finn's unique "singing" and creative lyricism. Though, personally, this is my least favorite hold steady album to date. On this album they take a somewhat more poppy feel, with less breakdowns that you'll be singing days after. If your a first time fan I would urge you to buy "separation sunday" first. A side note: The title "boys and girls in america" comes from a line in Jack Kerouac's "on the road" in which he says "boys and girls in america have such a sad time together", Craig Finn was reading the book at the time. I would also urge you to read that book if you havent already.





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