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Almost Killed Me

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Positive Jam
3:20  
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The Swish
4:09  
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Barfruit Blues
3:32  
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Most People Are DJs
5:51  
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Certain Songs
3:55  
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Knuckles
3:47  
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Hostile, Mass
3:43  
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Sketchy Metal
4:18  
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Sweet Payne
4:34  
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Killer Parties
5:48  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 42:57

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Bar Band Blues

Lightenup

A very good album. Not at all what I was expecting. Imagine if no one had ever discovered Bruce Springsteen, and he had been left to play big thick riffs in a backroom of an American bar. Tons of attitude. Turn it up loud!!

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Interview: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

The Hold Steady of Heaven Is Whenever is a markedly different animal than before. For one thing, they're a quartet rather than a five-piece: Last winter, the band's keyboardist, Franz Nicolay, who'd joined during the making of 2005's Separation Sunday and became a major part of the band's sound on 2006's Boys and Girls in America and 2008's Stay Positive, announced an amicable departure. The new Heaven Is Whenever does have piano — guitarist Tad… more »

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Six Degrees of Boston

By Jayson Greene, Senior Editor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Boston

By Jayson Greene, Senior Editor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

They Say All Music Guide

“The ’80s almost killed me,” admits the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn on “Positive Jam,” one of ten rock & roll confessionals on the band’s debut. That sets the tone for the rest of Almost Killed Me, as Finn reveals a lifestyle that included a “skater phase,” a “raver phase,” and a “razor blade phase.” His lamentations are the appropriate voice for the band’s debut, which sets out to recapture the glory of classic American rock and early indie rock. With rugged guitar riffs and solos and Finn’s half-sung, scratchy voice, the Hold Steady mostly succeed, easily recalling the classic rock of early Bruce Springsteen or the sincerity of latter-day Hüsker Dü. When he’s not remembering the parties and acting like “a Twin Cities trash bin,” he reacts to the corruption of today’s youth. Finn may seem like a fish out of water at this point, but having survived a self-indulgent life, his lyrics, as well as the Hold Steady’s back-to-basics rock, are ironically welcoming. – Kenyon Hopkin

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