Heaven Is Whenever is the fifth studio album by the Hold Steady. It was released May 4, 2010, on Vagrant Records in the . and May 3, 2010, on Rough Trade in Europe. The album's first single, "Hurricane J", premiered on Pitchfork Media on March 22, 2010. Regarding the album's lyrical content, vocalist and guitarist Craig Finn states that: "I kept saying Stay Positive was a record about trying to age gracefully. This record, I think actually was us aging gracefully
Heaven is Whenever is the fifth studio album by The Hold Steady. This record, I think actually was us aging gracefully. Some of the lyrics come from a place of a little more wisdom, being 38 and at this point having a lifetime in rock'n'roll. Heaven is Whenever Q&A. Producers Dean Baltulonis & Tad Kubler. More The Hold Steady albums. Stay Positive (Deluxe Version). Show all albums by The Hold Steady.
Heaven Is Whenever (LP, Album). Rough Trade, Vagrant Records. VR 594. The Hold Steady. Heaven Is Whenever (CD, Album, Promo).
Instead, the freshly made quartet branched out in a slightly different direction for their fifth album, Heaven Is Whenever. Rather than writing another hard rocking novella, the album feels more like the soundtrack to a lonely Midwestern road trip, making it more of a road-weary version of Boys and Girls in America than a re-creation of their earlier work. The album has a quality about it that’s sweeping without being out and out uplifting, feeling more informed by the rigors of touring than the denizens of the Twin Cities and their lapsed Catholic revelations
Let us know what you make of the Brooklyn-based band's fifth album. For my money, the fifth album by the Hold Steady is a step up from 2008's Stay Positive. Where that record sometimes bellowed and yammered, Heaven Is Whenever calms things down a little, the walls of guitar chipped at to allow light and air through: it feels more thoughtful musically, though I'm making no claims that it's some avant-garde statement – it's a rock'n'roll record
The Hold Steady's latest album begins with "The Sweet Part of the City", a number about kids meeting up under theater marquees, drinking until they run out of booze, partying till the cops come, listening to music all night, and making runs for more liquor. The song is quintessential Craig Finn, especially when he reveals a twist ending in the final lines: "We were bored so we started a band," he admits. Despite the confidence of that opening track, Heaven Is Whenever sounds like a transitional album, hopefully paving the way for something stronger, more cohesive, more specific. In the meantime, this remains an weak effort by a good band that may be in danger of running out of stories.
Heaven is Whenever pits us against the same cool-yet-crazy personalities, only introducing us to more. We meet characters like Hurricane J, learn the real definition of Rock Problems, and discover what’s the Sweet Part of the City. It’s sort of a rehash, but there’s this enlightened insight that Finn carries. But for an act like The Hold Steady, who have a knack for sucking the gravity out of a room and make all-day drinking binges more of a past time and less of a problem, rock and roll just doesn’t do it. Whether that’s to blame on Nicolay’s departure or the album’s writing in general, that’s up for debate. However, something is subtly missing here.
All lyrics from Heaven Is Whenever, popular The Hold Steady songs with tracklist and information about album. Album Heaven Is Whenever (2010). Label Vagrant Records. The Hold Steady "Heaven Is Whenever" (2010) album.
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|A1||The Sweet Part OF The City|
|A2||Soft In The Center|
|B1||We Can Get Together|
|B4||Our Whole Lives|
|B5||A Slight Discomfort|
NotesDisc and inlay sheet mention: "Restricted release watermarked!" and "!!This CD is watermarked & copy protected!!" Comes in a plastic sleeve.
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