Boys and Girls in America
by The Hold Steady

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Genre: Rock & Pop
  • Genre: Popular Music
  • Release Date: December 2016
  • Label: Vagrant
  • Format: LP
  • Number of Discs: 1
Music Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.69) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "BOYS is a sweet thing: fist-pumpable rock with brains, heart and words worth coming back to."

Rolling Stone (p.103) - Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[W]ith an abundance of narrative flair."

Spin (p.97) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The Hold Steady's Craig Finn infuses his windy tales of youthful debauchery with a mixture of detective-fiction luridness and first-club-show romanticism."

Spin (p.59) - Ranked #21 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "Plunging you into an immediately familiar teenage wasteland, these 11 songs won't ever let you leave."

Entertainment Weekly (p.68) - "[T]he swirls of organ they've added to their hyper-literate stomping suggest Deep Purple with a library card." -- Grade: A-

Q (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Finn has tapped into his inner Springsteen. BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA is punctuated with flourishes that wouldn't have sounded out of place on BORN TO RUN."

Uncut (p.90) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Driven by devastating detail....Finn's writing is sharper than ever..."

Alternative Press (p.198) - "There's something inherently Springsteen-esque about these songs, but Finn's approach is ultimately less romantic. Likewise, the band's both grittier and more unhinged."

Alternative Press (p.136) - Included in Alternative Press's "10 Essential Albums Of 2006" -- "This is blue-collar rock 'n' roll to bridge the new generation."

No Depression (p.83) - "The music evokes early Springsteen, with huge guitar riffs, sensitive piano passages, and anthemic vocal choruses..."

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.49) - "[Finn's] gruff sing/speak vocal amplifies the grubby minutiae of the everyday into something indisputably universal."

Q (Magazine) (p.87) - Ranked #09 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[Finn is] a singular storyteller..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ich and detailed....'You Can Make Him Like You' is a beautifully empathetic portrait of chemically imbalanced romance..."

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