Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever

This is the third consecutive album by The Hold Steady that I've taken the time to mention over the last few years. It took me a while to warm up to Craig Finn and his unique (some would say harsh) delivery that is somewhere between singing and stream of consciousness speaking, but I've been on the bandwagon for a little while now. The biggest news leading up to the release of this new album was the fact that their quirky, mustachioed keyboardist (and backing vocalist) Franz Nicolay was leaving the band and wouldn't be involved with the recording. On the surface, this may not be the most integral part to the band, but his keys on Boys and Girls In America were what took that album to the next level. Heaven Is Whenever is a bit more straightforward and guitar-driven than previous albums but still manages to retain all the elements that make the band great. A few less wailing, sing-along choruses, but they already have a ton of those in the bag and didn't need to harp on that trope. But you know what, one of the songs with that tried and true chorus is one of my new favorites. Check it out below.

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