Heaven Is Whenever

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  • Summary: The first album for the band without Franz Nicolay, who left the band in January 2010, was produced by Dean Baltulonis.
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  1. If 2008's Stay Positive was a haunted wastoid cautionary tale, Heaven is a survivor's celebration of staying alive
  2. With "Heaven Is Whenever,'' it seems unlikely that the Hold Steady will again change how we talk about modern rock, but when a band has already framed the parameters of the debate, it doesn't necessarily have to.
  3. Their loud, rough and tumble early efforts on Almost Killed Me and Separation Sunday have combined nicely here with a sense of southern rock and pop rock from the past few albums to produce another gem for an amazingly consistent band with plenty of room left to grow.
  4. Some fans assumed that Nicolay's departure would make for a leaner, less melodramatic band, but The Hold Steady's fifth album, Heaven Is Whenever, sounds as deliberately mythical as ever.
  5. These aren't the band's strongest songs, but they're definitely some of their most interesting.
  6. It adds up to another transitional effort rather than a major statement.
  7. Q Magazine
    60
    Heaven Is Whenever proves The Hold Steady are capable of messing with the script without diminishing their core appeal. [Jun 2010, p.125]

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  1. j30
    Oct 28, 2011
    9
    Loved this album. It's their most produced record to date, but that doesn't necessarily make it bad. Craig Finn is one of my favoriteLoved this album. It's their most produced record to date, but that doesn't necessarily make it bad. Craig Finn is one of my favorite lyricist. They way he phrases his songs about heartbreak, love, and partying are both hilarious and thought provoking. Expand