Boys And Girls In America - The Hold Steady
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Universal acclaim- based on 105 Ratings

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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. These guys sound like they don't even understand why punks and classic rockers drink at separate bars. [Nov 2006, p.198]
  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. 90
    [Finn] tells better stories than anyone else in music these days. [Oct 2006, p.131]
  4. 80
    This time the music is as rich and detailed as [Finn's] wordplay. [Feb 2007, p.100]
  5. [Finn's] smart, poetic, unashamedly adult lyrics... almost guarantee this is the best arena band that’ll never play an arena.
  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
  1. Brian
    Feb 26, 2008
    10
    Unbelievable album, such a fun album to listen to. Finn just seems like a likable character with these stories.
  2. DavidD
    Oct 30, 2006
    10
    A masterpiece...never have i heard an album that showcases the beauty of youth so well. The album is about being young and having the whole A masterpiece...never have i heard an album that showcases the beauty of youth so well. The album is about being young and having the whole world in front of you. Its also about living as though you never knew you did. Expand
  3. AnthonyO
    Jan 8, 2007
    10
    If you don't like this album, you're not very smart.
  4. SinclairS
    Oct 6, 2006
    9
    more pure genius from the Hold Steady. One of the top 10 albums this year
  5. BrianC
    Dec 3, 2006
    9
    9.3/10
  6. GuyH
    Jan 10, 2007
    8
    Funny how the same criticism keeps coming up over and over again - they are a poor 'bar band'. Err, what? They are a rock band who Funny how the same criticism keeps coming up over and over again - they are a poor 'bar band'. Err, what? They are a rock band who play more up- tempo stuff so apparently this makes them a bar band - this is very lazy genre pigeon-holing - the sort of stuff we hate to read so please try to avoid this... The album is great although I suspect the vocals will turn a lot of people off. Think of the lead singer from the band Soul Coughing rocking out and you are pretty much there. Finn's lyrics are top notch, amusing and poignant, but if you can't identify with the chracters in his songs they will probably leave you cold. Which is fair enough. Expand
  7. 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. 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. Expand

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