.
http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/d823afceb66efd2e74503dd7f332691d29b7dfb2.jpg Separation Sunday

The Hold Steady

Separation Sunday

Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 3 0
May 19, 2005

The Hold Steady's debut was one of the best indie-rock records of 2004, a left-field barnburner packed with rants about busted romance, a beloved jukebox and "war goin' down in the Middle Western states." Like its predecessor, Separation Sunday is at once surreal and gloriously sweaty, as Craig Finn rails like a man who's seen too many late nights and too much bad TV, while his band plunders a seemingly endless supply of secondhand riffs. Finn is a cracked-voiced storyteller who mixes literary gravitas and snarky yuks, wrapping a tale of drug-fueled abandon in biblical imagery on "Cattle and the Creeping Things" and referencing both Lionel Richie and Bruce Springsteen on "Charlemagne in Sweatpants." His wordy narratives get hazy at times, but Sunday succeeds as a whirlwind tour through an overstuffed brain.

prev
Album Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Santa Monica”

    Everclear | 1996

    After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com