• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: May 4, 2010
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  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, the most consistent band in rock and roll remains reliable, as The Hold Steady give their sound a fresh update while not straying too far from what makes them so endearing.
  3. Heaven is Whenever is not just a vast improvement from their last effort but it's also a fifth album from a band that still sounds surprisingly awesome and it's just another album for a detractor to listen to and hopefully, fall in love with--it's only a matter of time.
  4. Make no mistake, there is still plenty of rock--it's just doled out selectively instead of consistently.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 30, 2010
    6
    Eh.