- Audio CD (Oct. 3 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Vagrant Recrods
- ASIN: B000HIP3X4
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Boys And Girls In America
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Australian / NZ pressing of the Brooklyn-based Alternative band's 2006 album includes a chunky helping of bonus track action: `For Boston', 'Girls Like Status', 'Arms And Hearts' and a cover of Violent Femmes' "American Music". Boys & Girls In America was Spin Magazine's 21st Best Album of 2006 while the track "Stuck Between Stations" was ranked at #11 on Pitchfork Media's list of their Top 100 songs of 2006. For those of you who may recognize him, The Hold Steady's frontman Craig Finn was previously vocalist for Lifter Puller! 15 tracks.
Craig Finn loves books and bars. It's not just that he pinched the title of he Hold Steady's third album from the ultimate manual for boozehounds, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" ("Boys and Girls in America have such a sad time together"), but that every leery line of every song is crammed with the wayward poetry and passion of someone who is more familiar with the bottom of a whiskey glass than the sun. Thanks to his raucous Brooklyn band, his music--louder than its predecessors this time, with a few more ballads--also happens to make a great soundtrack for an all-night bender where broken-hearts and broken bottles become one. --Aidin Vaziri
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"Boys and Girls in America" is the third offering from the Brooklyn based band. While their first two albums, 2004's "Almost Killed Me" and 2005's "Separation Sunday" both received critical acclaim, neither were met with the outstanding sales response.
As much as I hate to admit it, "Boys and Girls in America" will in all likelihood follow suit. One thing I know for sure is that it has equals the greatness of the previous two albums.
For those who have not experienced The Hold Steady, the best way to sum them up would be a modern day Tom Waits meets the E Street Band. There are plenty of piano's, great guitar riffs, and vocalists Craig Finn's familiar spoken word singing form.
If you are tired and growing jaded of current mainstream rock, then take the time to check out not only "Boys and Girls in America" but also the previous two offerings from The Hold Steady. You won't be disappointed.
If you love inebriation of all kinds, you'll relate to this album as though it's a chapter in your life story.
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This is a remarkable album, although one I would want to keep my Ramones loving pre-teen away from - they are doing more than sniffing glue here. Yes, there is much drinking and drugging - I been there and seen that and it is a bit sophomoric and repetitive, but this band just rocks and it is funny and bright at times deadly brilliant. And, if you are bright they tell you the downside of constabnt partying.
"Citrus" is tender and accurate - soft and understated. Wonderful acoustic guitar. I am a pushover for novel love songs. And they lament the violence caused by drug traffic:
"I feel Jesus in the clumsiness of young and awkward lovers
I feel Judas in the long odds of the rackets on the corners
I feel Jesus in the tenements of honest, nervous lovers
I feel Judas in the pistols and the pagers that come with all the powders"
"Chillout Tent" is funny and sad and inspired - Hair for the new those who still have hair. I am a pushover for inventive love songs.
"they started kissing when the nurses took off their IVs,
it was kinda sexy, but it was kinda creepy.
their mouths were fizzy with the cherry cola,
they had the privacy of bedsheets
and all the other kids were mostly in comas."
"You Can Make Him Like You" is explicitly perfect - a desert island song. I am a pushover for cynical love songs.
"they say you don't have a problem
untill you start to do it alone
they say you don't have a problem
untill you start bringing it home
they say you don't have a problem
untill you start sleeping alone"
The chorus/chant on "Chips Ahoy!" is genius and for once outlines the down side of drug dependency - there are drugs, and there is lust but there is no intimacy or honest joy. It is funny and sad song and this makes it almost literature.
Buy this CD. Hear their live free concert on NPR's All Songs Considered Concert podcast.
Vaya con or sin drugs. Just buy it.
These guys could have been big time with average lyrics.