Boys and Girls in America (2006) Three minutes into the Hold Steady's third record, singer-shouter Craig Finn has cataloged all his daunting topical tropes — dead poets, Christianity, promiscuity, substance abuse,… 2006-10-03 The Hold Steady Rock
Music Review

Boys and Girls in America (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 03, 2006; Lead Performance: The Hold Steady; Genre: Rock

Three minutes into the Hold Steady's third record, singer-shouter Craig Finn has cataloged all his daunting topical tropes — dead poets, Christianity, promiscuity, substance abuse, the Twin Cities — over a background of soaring heartland rock. But Boys and Girls in America isn't just noir karaoke and E Street shuffle: ''First Night,'' delicately adorned with steel guitars, achieves an NPR-ready Americana, and, on several tracks, the swirls of organ they've added to their hyperliterate stomping suggest Deep Purple with a library card.

Originally posted Sep 29, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints