Partisan Records [Release date 24.03.17]
This is the third solo album from the Hold Steady’s frontman Craig Finn and he is joined by fellow Hold Steady member Tad Kubler. Other musicians joining Finn on the album include Caithlin De Marrais (vocals), Annie Nero and Stuart Bogie (horns), whilst long time collaborator Josh Kaufmann handles production duties.
Opening song ‘Jester & June’ is a typical Craig Finn song with a lyric like it came from a passage from a novel, coupled with a jaw dropping piece of sax playing courtesy of Stuart Bogie. A song that is the nearest to the Hold Steady he gets on this album, as like any good solo album Craig Finn explores sounds and ideas outside of his band.
‘Bird Trapped In The Airport’ is a breezy piece of pop and Blue Oyster Cult fans listen to the synth riff, it sounds uncannily like that on the outro of ’Black Blade’. The album’s title track comes from the mainly spoken word number ‘God In Chicago’. Finn’s delivery is key the song’s success as you are drawn in by it and soon become part of the world he creates in his songs.
Craig Finn is one the better singer/songwriters out there currently and this album reinforces that view. Sit back, listen and immerse yourself in the stories of Craig Finn, some of which may be real… ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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