Major General

  • Record Label: Fistolo
  • Release Date: Jan 13, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Major General finds us with an accomplished and very steady collection of songs.
  2. Alternative Press
    Nicolay serves it up hot, no matter what musical milieu is on the menu. [Feb 2009, p.106]
  3. 80
    Fine writing, then, and there’s musical variety, too.
  4. Apart from those ['Hey Dad!,' 'World/Inferno vs. the End of the Evening,' 'Dead Sailors'] and the relatively slight 'Do We Not Live in Dreams?,' though, Major General hits some massive highs and nary a single crushing low.
  5. Lyrically, Major General can ride shotgun with Nicolay's most-famous band....Elsewhere, Major General's arrangements are ragged, or worse, distracting.
  6. For the most part, Major General comes off like a respectable sampler of regional singer-songwriter music.
  7. In the end, the album has more good than bad, and is worth a listen for curious Hold Steady fans.
  8. Q Magazine
    In other words, the man's a ham, but a terrific one. [Aug 2009, p.109]
  9. Outside of the few moments of innovation, though, very little will strike one as all that inspired.
  10. 40
    Stepping out solo, the energetic multi-instrumentalist--assisted by guests including Dresden Dolls' Brian Viglione--does fine when he keeps things forceful. But when Nicolay decelerates, his weaknesses (cheesy croon, misguided piano) emerge, resulting in over-earnest, loungey balladeering.
  11. Mojo
    Major General plough's The Hold Steady's punk-pop narrative furrow almost to the point of surrealism. [Sep 2009, p.92]

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