Pin It
Favorite

'Heaven is Whenever,' The Hold Steady 

Even with loss of keyboardist Franz Nicolay, the Hold Steady keeps things together.

click to enlarge art15138.jpg

There’s no mistaking it: The departure of Franz Nicolay, keyboardist and moustachioed rake, has left a palpable hole in the Hold Steady’s lineup. But Craig Finn and company are determined to soldier on, though their latest effort is darker and less exuberant due to Nicolay’s absence. In certain respects, it’s a throwback to their earliest efforts. Gone are the grand Springsteen-esque anthems, replaced by a grittier hard-rock edge and a sinister, phantasmal sheen.

Admittedly, there are some duds (“The Smidge” comes to mind), but the band’s still doing what it does best. Tad Kubler’s guitar solos remain over-the-top and epic, worshipping long washed-up guitar idols. Finn’s recursive, meta-textual lyrics still cut through to the core of youthful abandon, full of girls and drugs and rock and roll. And the Hold Steady still, well, holds steady, just with a slightly loosened grip.

DOWNLOAD: “We Can Get Together”

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Grown-Ups
  • Grown-Ups

    The Nixon Rodeo continues to gain fans and write more music, but they have no grand illusions regarding their local act
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • Sunny Disposition
  • Sunny Disposition

    Seattle trio Duke Evers' new album is surprisingly full of bright pop-rock
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • Rock the Power
  • Rock the Power

    What the changing political and social climate means for local musicians
    • Jan 12, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Summer in Siberia, Rex Vox, Razzmatzz

Summer in Siberia, Rex Vox, Razzmatzz @ Mootsy's

Fri., Jan. 20, 9 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Jeff Echert

  • Emerald Queen
  • Emerald Queen

    The prodigal daughter of the Pacific Northwest comes home again.
    • Jun 29, 2011
  • 'Deerhoof Vs. Evil,' Deerhoof
  • 'Deerhoof Vs. Evil,' Deerhoof

    The working man’s rock music has always been defined by artists like Bruce Springsteen who sing about the 9-to-5ers. But there’s something to be said for Tapes ‘n Tapes, a band workman-like in the way it consistently churns out solid tunes. If there’s such a thing as a bad Tapes ‘n Tapes song, it’s yet to be released.
    • Feb 9, 2011
  • 'Cardinals III / IV,' Ryan Adams
  • 'Cardinals III / IV,' Ryan Adams

    If you're not a Ryan Adams superfan, pass on this album.
    • Jan 12, 2011
  • More »

Most Commented On

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Review


Film


Music


Readers also liked…

  • Don't Call it a Comeback
  • Don't Call it a Comeback

    Cathedral Pearls, poised with a new record, are ready to take this seriously again
    • Aug 5, 2015
  • Playing the Game
  • Playing the Game

    Buffalo Jones has taken the slow path with their career, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been fun
    • Nov 12, 2015

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation