Craig Finn: “Clear Heart Full Eyes”

Got a review of the new solo album from Hold Steady singer posted at CT this morning. There is actually a lot to admire about this record, especially in how it stays true to so many of The Hold Steady’s trappings while still distinguishing itself as Finn’s own thing. The absence of the full band’s typical piledriving momentum and electric mayhem means the emphasis is all on the lyrics, which is where, for me, it becomes a little bit apparent that Finn’s songs are becoming a little too stylized, the Catholic guilt thing not packing the punch it did on Boys and Girls in America. But that could well be my own issue, I suppose.

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