Boys And Girls In America - The Hold Steady
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  • Summary: The Brooklyn-based rockers move to emo label Vagrant for this John Agnello-produced release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 100
    Finn’s writing is sharper than ever, the various narratives driven less by the wordy exposition of yore than acute observation, devastating detail, by turns exclamatory, epigrammatic and grainily authentic.
  2. [Finn] not only has a commanding, rousing voice but he also says something worth hearing, displaying gifts for both scope and depth that are all too rare in contemporary rock-- indie or mainstream.
  3. Not since Springsteen's "Greetings From Ashbury Park, NJ" has an album carved poetry so successfully from the dirty streets of America's greatest cities, or has a lyricist dealt so skilfully with the themes of addiction, failure and snatching redemption a split second before passing out.
  4. Boys in Girls in America is one gargantuan anthem short of, and two bits of filler long on, the band’s Born to Run.
  5. This is far from an album that will appeal to all, but it's a hell of a lot more fun than the Hold Steady's previous two efforts.
  6. THS’s move toward a purer aping of classic rock is mostly welcome and largely successful; the fallout is the loss of the band’s snaky, blunt riffing, their wit dissipating into a pool of honest rocking.
  7. Though loquacious, 'Boys and Girls in America' is a record full of maddening stream of consciousness lyrics that amble without direction, and narratives with no real stories or purpose.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 71
  2. Negative: 4 out of 71