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  • Summary: The first full-length studio release for the Brooklyn-based rock band in five years was produced by Josh Kaufman.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
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  1. Aug 16, 2019
    89
    Overall, Thrashing Thru The Passion is musically looser than previous offerings—fewer ballads, the big rock numbers less lush and more compact—but it also makes it accessible to new listeners, who can then work their way back through albums like Heaven is Whenever or Separation Sunday.
  2. 80
    As ever, The Hold Steady achieve their best work when their playing is loose. When the songs are filtered through the bottom of a shot glass. When they sound like the best bar band in the best bar you didn’t know about until the moment that you found yourself in it at 3am in the morning. On the basis of ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion’, that band are back.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 6, 2019
    80
    It might not be the best Hold Steady Album, but it might be their most purely enjoyable. [Sep 2019, p.35]
  4. Aug 19, 2019
    80
    With Nicolay (and those horns) back in the fold, the Hold Steady can provide strong melodies even when Finn isn't singing. It makes for a fun listen, and it's one of the most entertaining albums I've heard in 2019.
  5. Aug 13, 2019
    70
    It may not be there with their best work, and it might be seen by some as a bit of a stopgap, but there are still times on Thrashing Thru The Passion that The Hold Steady can effortlessly remind us that they remain the ‘best bar band in the world’.
  6. Aug 13, 2019
    65
    It's a good, solid rock record—but whether that's a good thing or not may depend on whether you think a band that were once touted as the next Replacements are built to stake their claim as a heritage act or should have called time a decade ago. We're firmly in the former camp.
  7. Q Magazine
    Aug 6, 2019
    40
    Their first LP in five years falls well short of greatness, reheating past ideas to the point of cliche. [Sep 2019, p.111]

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