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  • Summary: The debut solo album of The Hold Steady's Craig Finn includes elements of country music.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Feb 1, 2012
    All the things that give an album its personality--the sound of a band finding its feet, the little tempo fluctuations, the requisite "are we rolling, Bob?" fits and starts--are here in spades.
  2. Jan 9, 2012
    This record is the result of Finn turning his hand to songwriting for the very first time and, yes, he's nailed it.
  3. Jan 24, 2012
    Anyone expecting the bar rock bravado of the Hold Steady is probably going to be disappointed by Clear Heart Full Eyes' subdued vibe, but anyone looking for more of Craig Finn's sprawling tales will feel right at home.
  4. Jan 19, 2012
    Finn's best songs are the ones when he's fully in the present, in tune with every emotion and every detail his protagonists might experience during a particular moment.
  5. Feb 21, 2012
    Swapping The Hold Steady's white-knuckled intensity for skeletal drums and echoing guitar gives Finn's voice more room to manoeuvre. A welcome change of pace. [Mar 2012, p. 100]
  6. Jan 23, 2012
    Despite its flaws this first solo offering is a human record; brave and honest, both in content and purpose.
  7. 40
    What's left are halfhearted Hold steady wannabes and dull stabs at poignancy.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    According to liner notes in Petty's Playback box set, he and Jeff Lynne were playing some elaborate stuff on the keyboard that all started with 3 simple chords. Lynne suggested that Tom stop all the hard stuff and just sing some words to those three chords, and he came up with "She's a good girl... loves her mama..." just to make Jeff smile, and they kept going from there.
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  2. j30
    Mar 20, 2012
    Clear Heart Full Eyes by Craig Finn is far from a miss, but it's not exactly an album you can fully invest in. Maybe the music feels a little too laid back for my liking. However you kind of get the feeling CHFE is a precursor to great Hold Steady album in the making (in which they're in the studio as we speak). Collapse
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