Separation Sunday - The Hold Steady
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  • Summary: This is the second album from the New York City band led by Craig Finn.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. It's a triumph of non-judgmental storytelling, delivered within purgative rock'n'roll.
  2. 100
    Separation Sunday stands a chance of being one of 2005's true classics.
  3. Finn's masterful lyrics can't be ignored. And the music, stopping, starting and crashing with wrenching enthusiasm, is equally undeniable. But the way Finn understands the human condition in all its glory and contradiction is, simply, brilliant.
  4. These are songs full of offhand aphorisms, and they can grab you from the first line. [23 May 2005]
  5. 80
    Separation Sunday is a book-on-tape, a grim and funny tome that draws from the Bible and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. [#68, p.98]
  6. The Hold Steady is the ideal iPod band. Finn's abrasive voice sounds legitimately exciting in four-minute bursts, and his best put-down lines are more corrosive.
  7. Take Finn’s vocals out of the equation and you have a fun and even innovative garage band steeped in the brand of classic rock to which indie has never properly paid its due. With Finn, they’re monotonous, even annoying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. ThomasD
    Feb 20, 2007
    When approaching the Hold Stead (and any band for that matter), thinking in genres won't help you at all. This album is like nothing I have ever heard. Finn's sincerity is refreshing and sharp. His unironic but unpreaching approach to spirituality is very refreshing. Musically, the band is amazing. Personally, this album has had more impact on me than any before it, and I hope other people see the same amazing piece of magic in it that I do. Expand
  2. DrunkenMaster
    Jun 8, 2005
    This is cathartic, literate rock at its finest. I was blown away from the first listen and it hasn't left my stereo since. The characters --mainly Holly and Charlemagne -- are finely drawn and detailed in a way that exposes radio-ready rock as idiocy. The album has the story arc of a novel, with all the heartbreak. Expand
  3. TheBigCrunch
    Jan 6, 2006
    Best album of 2005, and among the five or so best albums of the decade so far.
  4. HNice
    May 12, 2005
    holy crap this is good -- and not nice good, more like if springsteen was in mclusky good.
  5. matthewc
    Jan 2, 2006
    If Elvis Costello happened to produce early AC/DC. Fantastic rock album!
  6. FishyBooty
    Jul 15, 2005
    Incredible! I can't get this out of my cd player and I can't get out of my head either. The story is great. If you drank every time Finn says "high" you'd be blacked out drunk by the end of this album. You would think thats a bad thing, but it works for this album. Musically and lyrically very strong. Expand
  7. CosmoPrelog
    Aug 5, 2005
    I'm sorry? If this is "one of 2005's true classics" then "Somethig to Be" by Rob Thomas is the best record since "Blonde on Blonde" This is Over-Hype trash by a band that sounds like a a cross between Bo Bice on speed and Ringo Star's All Star Band of hillbilly New York rejects. Lame Junk... Expand

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