Album of the Year
I know it's only December 4, but I think I'm ready to declare my album of the year: The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America. Lordy, I love this cd.
How to describe it? Well, it's good old fashioned indie rock. It's about people who drink, use a lot drugs, and hang around in bars. And they all live in Minneapolis! You can listen to my favorite song -- "First Night" -- here.
I wouldn't call all of the songs successful. In particular, "The Chillout Tent," a duet that I would have derisively called a "Summer Nights" for the hipster set, until I read in today's Pitchfork interview that it actually was inspired by "Summer Nights." Oy.
Missteps aside, I recommend it. I'm curious to hear what cds others have liked this year.