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