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THE HOLD STEADY TEETH DREAMS REVIEW

 

THE HOLD STEADY - TEETH DREAMS

WASHINGTON SQUARE/RAZOR AND TIE

MARCH 25 2014

 

 

I listened to this album and my first thought was ‘I’ll bet critics think this is cool’. Now as one who never reads reviews before he’s written his own (actually that’s an exaggeration normally I never read reviews even after I’ve written mine) I had a scan – no need to actually read any of course - just looking at the names of the publications says enough. Yep there they were: highbrow newspapers and Pitchfork.

 

Now I am familiar with The Hold Steady so maybe that last paragraph was a little disingenuous, and I know that alt-rock in some people’s eyes will always be far cooler than any of the traditional forms; and The Hold Steady do have some great lyrics about real people and real lives. But you know what? This all sounds pretty dreary now. The lyrics are as expected and the guitar largely sounds tired an uninspired.

 

OK so an average The Hold Steady album might still be a class above most but to me this charts some sort of decline, or maybe it’s just a dash of complacency creeping in? Intellectuals after all can go through the motions just like everyone else and at the end of the day is that any worse or better than someone who just throws the same ‘hard rocking clichés’ around all the time in faux excitement?

 

‘I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You’ the opener is a nice song and as good as it gets here. Personally I liked ‘Spinners’ too which manages to sound authentic, but the rest to me? Well it’s all a bit barroom rock to me without the real grime beneath the nails…  

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

THE HOLD STEADY TEETH DREAMS REVIEW