"Eleven years on from (The Hold Steady's) BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA, this album once again cements Finn's talents as a songwriter," wrote FLOOD in its "The Best Albums of 2017," "not just in terms of his storytelling abilities, which remain as potent as ever, but also as a chronicler of the American experience and the people struggling to live ordinary lives in ordinary towns. The irony, of course, is that Finn makes those lives just as interesting as anything in the movies."
WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS sees Finn exploring themes of love and partnership in the modern world, as ever expressed via finely etched character studies, black humor, and craftily arranged rock 'n' roll. Largely recorded at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY with frequent collaborator Josh Kaufman as producer, the album features musical contributions from drummer Joe Russo and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen), keyboardist Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim), former Rainer Maria vocalist Caithlin De Marrais, singer/songwriter Annie Nero, horn master Stuart Bogie (Arcade Fire, Antibalas), and Finn's longtime partner in The Hold Steady, guitarist Tad Kubler.
WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS received worldwide praise upon its March release:
"A deeply personal work from a master storyteller."
"Finn's weathered voice is at its most expressive...tied to songs that take him as far from his comfort zone as he's ever tread. It's a remarkable record not for sounding like a return-to-form, but for feeling like entirely new territory without sacrificing its thrill or familiarity."
"[Finn] discovered on his last solo release...that there was value in toning down the power chords and giving his musical short stories space to breathe. WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGScontinues in that same vein; if there's any difference, it's that the stories might be even more engrossing this time around."
Finn, backed by the Uptown Controllers, celebrated the arrival of WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS with an acclaimed headline tour and sold out run with Japandroids. In addition, Finn and his band hit NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers for a spectacular live performance of album highlight "Preludes", streaming now via NBC.
MUSIC NEWS - As the wonderfully challenging 2010 winds down, here, in no particular order, is our obligatory list of the Best Albums of 2010. Our best wishes to you in 2011, with more great music still to come...
MUSIC NEWS - As the Vatican continues to re-invent itself and show how "hip" it is, the L'Osservatore Romano on Sunday published a "semiserious guide" to their ten best rock albums of all time. Gone are the days of denouncing rock music apparently but not the days of the classics (rock, this time).
"Some songs seem to have been written yesterday…. while others still send shivers down the spine for their illuminating simplicity and musical thrust" the author of the article said about MJ's "Thriller." About the Oasis’ album, L’Osservatore Romano said "the album was never equaled" in part because of the disruptive in-fighting by the Gallagher brothers, the leaders of the group." I will say that I'm quite surprised, but pleased, with David Crosby's inclusion.
MUSIC NEWS- It's that time of year, so here's our list of the Top 10 music releases of 2008. This is always a tough task, as there is too much music that I enjoy. So, whether you agree or not, take a look at the list and share your list with MNN readers by commenting below -
Top 10 of 2008 (in no particular order) -
Big Blue Ball- Peter Gabriel (& Friends)
Viva La Vida- Coldplay
Day & Age- The Killers
Modern Guilt- Beck
In Ghost Colours- Cut Copy
Momofuku- Elvis Costello & the Imposters
The Felice Brothers- The Felice Brothers
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today- David Byrne / Brian Eno