- Summary: The third and final part of the The Hold Steady frontman's solo trilogy of albums that began with 2015's Faith In The Future was produced by Josh Kaufman.
- Record Label: PTKF
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
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Apr 26, 2019He, producer Josh Kaufman, and the supporting musicians have added lovely flourishes along the way. This album luxuriates at times in languid, jazzy ambience, while female backing vocalists coo in response to Finn’s lead and brass coexists winningly with synths.
May 1, 2019The rambling nature of Finn’s delivery adds to the immersive storytelling, where listeners are focused on Finn’s lyrics--and what’s going to happen next to the characters in these stories--rather than worrying about hooks, riffs, or even the music at all. That isn’t to say that the album offers nothing in that area, but when Finn decides to figuratively dot his i’s, it feels like you’ve arrived at a momentous occasion.
Apr 30, 2019I Need a New War delivers its stories with the skill we've come to expect, and fans will likely be more than satisfied. At the same time, Finn's been telling these stories for a while, and the completion of a trilogy suggests it he might be starting to look elsewhere. If so, War makes for a nice conclusion to this run.
MojoApr 24, 2019Sitting down with this album is like listening to a friend who assumes you know all the same people they do. [May 2019, p.90]
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