First Listen: Craig Finn, ‘Clear Heart Full Eyes’

The Hold Steady, thankfully, lives on.

So, nine months after that first taste, we have Clear Heart Full Eyes — out Jan. 24 — and it’s clear that this is first and foremost a “lyrics” record. Finn’s vocals reside at the forefront of the mix, while the musical arrangements are subtle and mellow, which allows listeners to concentrate on the words. His chosen themes haven’t changed much; there’s still that same Craig Finn take on religion, solitude and change. It basically comes down to this: Finn is a great storyteller, and Clear Heart Full Eyes provides another great opportunity to let his voice shine

Read the rest of the story and listen to the record in full at NPR