The Hold Steady – Almost Killed Me

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The Hold Steady

“Almost Killed Me”

“Wait, is that the voice of the guy from Lifter Puller?!” – Exact thought upon hearing this for the first time in a record store in 2004.

The story of Craig Finn’s musical journey is well-documented.  But this chapter is one of straight-forward, in-your-face rock and roll, with great sing-talked stories of a bleak but hopeful world that Craig is so good at describing.  This band might technically be New York City born, but the Minneapolis connection is still the bedrock – callbacks to streets, stores, and locations that only a Minnesotan could know allows us trapped next to one of the 10,000 lakes’ snowy embrace to call it (and The Hold Steady) our own.

Grade: A-

Favorite Track: Killer Parties

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