Thrashing Thru The Passion by The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady have been making a slow, but...ahem...steady comeback recently. Their new album, Thrashing Thru The Passion, is the culmination of that steady comeback. It contains five songs recorded between 2017 and 2019 that have only been downloadable until now, and five brand new bar room bangers.

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Thrashing Thru The Passion by The Hold Steady
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7/10 Will 26 July 2019

As unashamedly American as Uncle Sam and lax gun laws, the Hold Steady have been plying their own brand of heartland rock since 2003 and return with 'Thrashing Thru The Passion', their first album in five years and second in over nine.

Ostensibly, 'Thrashing Thru The Passion' is a big, brash, barnstorming American rock album. However, it has something that separates it from other albums of its ilk. Although I can't quite put my finger on it, I think it's the lyrics and vocals of Craig Finn. He spits lines like "you gotta pick through the pills you gotta call in the cops" like he's shouting it on a corner somewhere. The lyrics are like beat poetry. Finn can conjure strange, disconnected images, heartfelt characters, and funny bon mots with a few choice couplets. The machine-gun rapidity at which he spits them sits at odds with the more traditional backing. It's like a hellfire preacher fronting the E Street Band. The lyrics are funny, acerbic, wistful, surreal. Maybe they would be suited to simpler, slower backing, along the lines of Tom Waits' 'Blue Valentine' perhaps, but there's something funny and weird about hearing them alongside music that would usually be accompanying lyrics about drinking jack and driving down long roads. 

'Thrashing Thru The Passion' is a funny little album and perhaps I've read too much into it, but there may be a weirder aesthetic at play here. I look forward to investigating more of their oeuvre. 



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