Boys And Girls In America

  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Oct 3, 2006
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 106
  2. Negative: 6 out of 106

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  1. NathanielA
    Nov 9, 2006
    0
    Regurgitated, reprehensible bar rock with no redeeming value whatsoever.
  2. RobH
    Oct 5, 2006
    0
    An overhyped album if I've ever heard one. The Hold Steady continue to put out bland bar rock whose lyrics are their only saving grace. Unfortunately for them, the lyrics on this album pale in comparison to their previous two efforts. And don't tell me I must see them live. I have. And I still wasn't blown over.
  3. SamE
    Feb 12, 2007
    1
    This CD is utter crap.. Imagine the worst songwriting mixed with the worst voice. He uses the word "Blotto" for chrissakes, whilst "kicking it with the cousins." Why do people think this album is good? IT SUCKS.
  4. scalvin
    Oct 20, 2006
    3
    generic at best....OK but not worthy of the hype.
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 90
    [Finn] tells better stories than anyone else in music these days. [Oct 2006, p.131]
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    On several tracks, the swirls of organ they've added to their hyper-literate stomping suggest Deep Purple with a library card. [6 Oct 2006, p.68]
  3. Packed with forceful, nuanced songwriting that makes room for face-melting guitar riffery, lovelorn Midwestern teenagers and even, by Hold Steady standards, a bit of actual singing.