Teeth Dreams (CD)


The Hold Steady

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Amoeba Review

03/21/2014

Album six from the reigning kings of earnest literary indie-Rock, which is, obviously, different from indie rock. Craig Finn's bleary urban lyrics are backed, this time around, by a little more ass kicking and experimentation, recalling the band's days as Lifter Puller when making hardcore smart, weird, and unpretentious was the order of the day. Maybe this is why Teeth Dreams, already a contender for best album title of the year, sounds like it could be a record from 1984, rife with everyday-poetics, with a black and white album cover and some noisy avant-guitar-solos. While it's not actually that, it's closer than the band has been in years to that thing but with the maturity to relax, throw shit at the wall and see what sticks, moving on if it doesn't. While the music itself doesn't deserve much comparison, I imagine it's this sort of methodology that allows Stephen Malkmus to relax in the same way, letting his songs become more complex and sonically both more refined and adventurous in their texture. TD shares some of that mid-career confident noodliness but in a way that never feels grating or apathetic. This is intentional, heavy, intelligent music, which, if I was in the Hold Steady, would probably be the dragon I was chasing.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You
The Hold Steady 04:01
2.
Spinners
The Hold Steady 05:24
3.
The Only Thing
The Hold Steady 04:33
4.
The Ambassador
The Hold Steady 05:12
5.
On with the Business
The Hold Steady 04:04
6.
Big Cig
The Hold Steady 04:17
7.
Wait a While
The Hold Steady 03:37
8.
Runner's High
The Hold Steady 04:12
9.
Almost Everything
The Hold Steady 04:17
10.
Oaks
The Hold Steady 09:01

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