Almost Killed Me - The Hold Steady
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  • Summary: 'Almost Killed Me' is the debut for the New York City band featuring two former members of Lifter Puller, including band founder Craig Finn. Unlike most recent NYC bands, they draw their influences from classic American rock.
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  1. Almost Killed Me is the most authentic, dirty, and rocking album you'll hear all summer.
  2. Rocks like Bad Company and Thin Lizzy and vintage Springsteen. Look out.
  3. With rugged guitar riffs and solos and Finn's half-sung, scratchy voice, the Hold Steady mostly succeed, easily recalling the classic rock of early Bruce Springsteen or the sincerity of latter-day Hüsker Dü.
  4. The Hold Steady's powerful yet somewhat generic rock style proves incidental to Finn's dense, wordy story-songs. As a whole, though, Almost Killed Me showcases a wise and gritty rock band still in it for life, through thick and thin.
  5. All in all this is a rock-solid debut from a group of veteran musicians who aren't necessarily out to reinvent the wheel but whose fiery passion rings through on every note.
  6. The Hold Steady, then, is not yet an outstanding band, but unlike its New York contemporaries, shows the sort of distinctive talent that suggests that one day, it might be.
  7. Finn employs an arrhythmic delivery... sounding like Jello Biafra covering Talking Head's "Once In A Lifetime," or a snake-oil huckster participating in a poetry slam. [May 2004, p.96]

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  1. j30
    Oct 28, 2011
    8
    A garage band feel that's as raw as anything you'll hear. I really enjoyed this record. The album was best when listened to a third time through.

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