Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Hold Steady "Separation Sunday" (2005)
If I were to consciously design an album to be rock critic bait, it just might turn out to be something like this. A concept record that both supports and deconstructs Big Rock tropes. For example, while the band is rocking away (playing music so informed by Classic Rock), the lyrics nod to Lou Reed's "slice of street life", while avoiding traditional song structure (verse/chorus/verse).
My guess is that these transplanted Midwesterners grew up on Classic Rock, and on many levels love it, while at the same time want to use more modern takes on the genre.
Strangely enough, while the whole is better than "Boys & Girls", I don't think that the high points are as high. Still a very very good record.