The Hold Steady Stays Positive

The new Hold Steady album, Stay Positive, is out now on Vagrant, and it backs up what I’ve been saying now for two albums–this is the best rock band in America. On the new disc, there are additional polished elements in the production but it’s still the same recognizably punk-infused rough-edged rock ‘n’ roll. The clip below is, “Constructive Summer,” which reminds me a great deal of late-period Husker Du, who had a song called “Celebrated Summer”–not that this is a ripoff of that song, it just has a similar sound. If you remember Candy Apple Grey and Warehouse fondly, as I do, you need this album.

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