Thursday, December 17, 2009

TK #50: The Hold Steady – Stay Positive (2008)

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. When Stay Positive came out, I wrote a lot of words comparing the arc of Craig Finn and company to that of Bruce Springsteen, and I stand by every one of them. Here’s The Hold Steady’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, an album about the complications of growing up, bolstered by hope, and powered by the relentless belief that rock and roll is a bridge to better things, an idea that sounds naïve only until you hear it come to life.

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