Almost Killed Me - The Hold Steady
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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 10

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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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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]