After seven albums, some bands may find it hard to find inspiration and keep going but The Hold Steady return to form with the rejoining of their keyboardist. On “Open Door Policy”, the backdrop provided by the musicians couples perfectly with lead singer Craig Finn’s storytelling (more than straight verse-chorus-verse) sing-speaking style, practically picking up where the left off when the keyboardist initially left the band in 2010. Tracks like “Heavy Covenant”, “Lanyards”, and “Hanover Camera” perfectly capture the stories The Hold Steady tell about characters dealing with hardship and loss. The passion, energy, and bar-rocker style of The Hold Steady shines through on this record, turning these hard-luck stories into sing-along anthems once again.
-Reviewed by Ed, Adult Services (4/28/21)View in Catalog