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Separation Sunday

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Hornets! Hornets!
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Cattle And The Creeping Things
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Your Little Hoodrat Friend
3:53  
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Banging Camp
4:15  
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Charlemagne In Sweatpants
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Stevie Nix
5:27  
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Multitude Of Casualties
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Don't Let Me Explode
2:22  
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Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night
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Crucifixion Cruise
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How A Resurrection Really Feels
5:32  
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 42:14

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eMusic editor-in-chief Michael Azerrad is the author of Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana (Doubleday, 1993), which remains the definitive Nirvana biography,...more »

05.12.09
The Hold Steady, Separation Sunday
2007 | Label: Full Time Hobby / PIAS Digital

A lot of hip bands spend their time either trying to transcend their embarrassing formative years — or pretending they never happened at all. So it's refreshing that a mega-hip band like the Hold Steady so avidly explore the lie-dream of the suburban soul.

Minnesotan talk-singer Craig Finn spits aphoristic poetry about wasted youth, all rehab and tawdry scenarios, in a caustic, blizzard-cutting upper Midwestern bark, his W.C. Fields often erupting into Ralph Kramden. His oracular… read more »

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Brilliant rock, a bit like the pogues on speed. "Chicago tired last night" is a must have

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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 Hold Steady’s Almost Killed Me is their hands-down masterpiece. A swirling maelstrom of intense, hilarious, and breathtaking rock & roll, it should have been the album that knocked everything else into a cocked hat in 2004. Of course, it was mostly ignored outside the homes of a handful of indie snobs and adventurous punks, but it’s there, it’s amazing, and most likely the band will never be able to top it. Separation Sunday comes pretty damn close, though. It is a much darker record, revolving around drug casualties, broken lives, a hoodrat fixation, spiritual and physical dissipation, and general despair, and there aren’t as many easy laughs this time out — but instead the listener gets lots of head-shaking wonderment at Craig Finn’s genius lyrics and voice. His gruff, in-your-ear vocals negotiate the twisting torrent of words like a world-class skater kid. He is insanely literate and insanely insistent: he’s like the guy who calls at 2:30 a.m. in a frenzy to holler about his latest disaster of the heart, the bar-stool poet with a religious obsession, or the guy who corners you at a party and just won’t shut up about how Boston are the missing link between the Beatles and Derrick May — only you don’t mind because he is strangely brilliant. He is also just about the best rock & roll frontman since Bob Pollard. In fact, the group sounds a bit like Guided By Voices at times, only a Guided By Voices that want to kick your sorry can up and down the length of the bar. Or maybe a GBV that worship Springsteen instead of the Who. Whipping up a classic rock-inspired frenzy of monitor-straddling guitar riffs, dual harmony leads, E Street piano flourishes, and galloping horns, the band behind Finn sounds like nothing less than Jim Steinman’s dream group. You could talk about great individual songs (the epic “How a Resurrection Really Feels,” the piledriving album opener “Hornets! Hornets!,” the weird and almost funky “Charlemagne in Sweatpants”), but the strength of the album is in the flow from song to song and the way the intensity level (which starts off at a near fever pitch) elevates until your head is just about ready to burst from the thrill of it all. Call it a quaint idea in 2005, but Separation Sunday is truly an album, one that sounds almost perfect when played from beginning to end in the proper running order. Block out about 42 minutes sometime, hold steady, and get ready for indie rock — no, rock & roll — at its sweatiest, most intense, and most impressive. Long live the album; long live the Hold Steady. – Tim Sendra

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