The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
4.0 Ranking: #93 for 2006
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5.0 classicNeutralThunder12 | March 27th 12

Glimmering with sharp hooks, soaring melodies, explosive choruses and impeccably detailed storytelling, The Hold Steady create their magnum opus, and a collective example of everything they do well perfected. Before Boys and Girls, Finn's storytelling was still goddamn brilliant, but the hooks, melodies and compositions weren't always there to leave a lasting impression. With this album, Finn's incredible detail surrounding fictional rock n roll lifestyles of the dense characters he's created is perfectly complimented by enormous vocal melodies and gripping choruses. The songs feel better constructed then ever before and the stories, while not as ridiculously deep or as cinematic as those on almost rock opera "Separation Sunday" still recreates the rock n roll type lifestyle in a smart, rich way. Finn sings of girls being able to predict horse races (it's smarter and better done that it sounds), things going from bad to worse and getting busted by cops (and holy shit are those lyrics done incredibly well), characters from albums past catching up, getting high drunk fucked up and everything associated with that. The best part about it is that it's all done so eloquently, and with incredibly catchy melodies to back it up. "Citrus", "Hot Soft Light", "Southtown Girls" and "Chips Ahoy" are all incredibly infectious, "Stuck Between Stations" is an incredibly rockin' opener, and "First Night" is a gorgeous ballad, possibly the best the band has done. Rock n' roll played the perfect way.

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4.5 superbThunderNeutral21 | April 19th 12

hipster n' roll best album ever jam this instead of animal collective you faggots

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5.0 classicAndrew Walker | May 7th 11

Apparently, Craig Finn was a failed slam poet. I'm not necessarily sure why/how someone would tell them they're a failed slam poet, but he definitely proves them wrong with Boys and Girls.

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4.5 superbllama1600 | April 18th 07

This borders on classic, lyrically solid and musically - well, if Zeppelin got a piano and took on a spoken-wordish feel - that's almost close. Amazing rock music, songs of depression, drugs, and life in America. Paints an American portrait not seen since the Beat Generation. Absolutely wonderful.

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