Title: Sequestered In Memphis
Artist: The Hold Steady
Album: Stay Positive
Year Released: 2008
What It Is: The first single from their 2008 release. It’s the Hold Steady and there are no surprises. They throw the kitchen sink at you on all fronts – lyrically, musically and imagery. While less rambling and dense than their earlier stuff, it’s still a lot to digest, but it goes down smooth. Does anyone really care about Craig Finn’s voice anyway?
Riffage / Hookage: Finn’s modus operandi don’t really make it easy for a riff or a hook to cement itself, but the chorus is catchy.
Cowbell?: Nah, but there’s enough noise for all y’all.
Words Of Wisdom: “Man, they want to know exactly which bathroom…
Dude, does it make any difference? It can’t be important… “
Dude, it’s always important. I know exactly which bathroom Sen. Craig was busted in!
Mixology Report: Sadly, the voice may turn off the musically pure, but the hell with them.
For The Good Of The Order: This sounds like the business trip from h-e-double toothpicks. I can relate – except for the subpoena and sequestering.
Here’s a clip of the band while doing a live shot at the Current – 89.3 here in the Twin Cities. Finn looks like he just came from temping at Dunder Mifflin. Heh…