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Craig Finn loves books and bars. It's not just that he pinched the title of he Hold Steady's third album from the ultimate manual for boozehounds, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" ("Boys and Girls in America have such a sad time together"), but that every leery line of every song is crammed with the wayward poetry and passion of someone who is more familiar with the bottom of a whiskey glass than the sun. Thanks to his raucous Brooklyn band, his music--louder than its predecessors this time, with a few more ballads--also happens to make a great soundtrack for an all-night bender where broken-hearts and broken bottles become one. --Aidin Vaziri

1. Stuck Between Stations
2. Chips Ahoy!
3. Hot Soft Light
4. Same Kooks
5. First Night
6. Party Pit
7. You Can Make Him Like You
8. Massive Night
9. Citrus
10. Chillout Tent
11. Southtown Girls

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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B000HIP3X4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By H. Mackins on October 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
How could they possibly top Separation Sunday, you're thinking. I'm not sure how they did it, either, but it's true: The Hold Steady's latest, Boys and Girls in America, is their magnum opus and hopefully the shiny silver platter that propels them to the success they so deserve. Craig Finn's poetic lyrics are as good as ever here as he recounts romancing gamblers ("Chips Ahoy"), near death experiences at druggy music festivals("Chillout Tent," with excellent guest vocals by Dave Pirner), slick alibis for mall altercations ("Hot Soft Light), and more. Old characters return, and the music has never sounded better: crunchy guitars, tinkling keyboards, and that filthy, real, barroom feel. An outstanding effort. They'll be hard-pressed to top this one, but won't it be fun to be along for the ride as they try?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NightClub Dwight on October 9, 2006
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Being an Eastsider a stone's throw from Sweet Payne Ave., I am once again thrilled to know solidarity with a (at one time local) band that makes room for a lot of life in their music--not just romantic idealism and not just defeatist nihilism--they tend to capture pieces of life's dialectic nature, which is nice, nice: Hope/Despair, Progress/Setback, Connection/Isolation--life that always ends in death, but death that has at least lost its sting. The Hold Steady continue to be who they are, you may or may not like them, but it is hard to judge or dismiss something this unapologetically unique. The more you demand likeability from music the less you'll probably like The Holdsteady--not because they aren't likeable, but because you'd be missing the point. This album is good alone and better when put in its narrative context (following Almost Killed Me and Sep. Sunday). I was pleased to get an update on the messed up teenage lives of Holly et al. And was especially glad to hear something resembling a ballad or two (First Night, Citrus, Arms and Hearts), Crucifixion Cruise got me wanting more of that. If you're not into or can't meet the demands of the recorded poetic/talk lyrics of an Ivy League grad, then I beseech you to see The Hold Steady in concert--I've been three times and can testify that what might be lacking in a snapshot recording is made up in the storytelling energy of the moment--stories are meant to be told not recorded after all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brett Gustafson on October 6, 2006
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Here's the deal: Craig Finn doesn't sing like most rock frontmen. That's the Mason-Dixon Line of the people who listen to The Hold steady. You love him or hate him. He is nasily, somewhat monotone, and rants more than harmonizes. On the other hand, he is a brilliant story-teller, clever phrase turner, and uses references as diverse as The Beastie Boys.

I personally love him, but I understand that he is not everyone's cup of chai. The music is reminiscent of early Bruce Springsteen or Joe Jackson and of course The Band. Standouts are "Chips Ahoy" and "You can make Him like You." Try it. You might like it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Purple 141 on October 8, 2006
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As a 30 something listener who heard about Separation Sunday from NPR, this new album reminds me that I am probably not representative of The Hold Steady's audience. Boys and Girls is musically every bit as distinguished as the previous two efforts. Indeed the musicianship and production values are arguably better.

The lyrics here, though, are not as complex as Separation Sunday's or as inspired as Almost Killed Me's. They also come accross as much more targeted to kids in need of role models. Of course, this aim was plainly apparent from the earlier CDs. And I have often argued that one of the great things about The Hold Steady is that they display an uncommon conscientiousness about their particular role as entertainers.

But now that I listen to Boys and Girls, particularly "Chillout Tent", "You Can Make Him Like You", and "Southtown Girls" I feel like its gone a little too far. I much prefer the subtlety and ambiguity of Finn's lyrics on the first two discs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on February 2, 2007
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Many argue that the best rock and roll is about sex, drugs and rock and roll itself. Well the Hold Steady provide a song cycle on that very subject with his album, BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA. Channeling GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK era Springsteen through a hard rock sensibility, the Hold Steady paint a picture of drinking, drugging and scoring at the suburban mall that's as vivid as the Beach Boy's California summer, the Drive by Trucker's Dirty South or Springsteen's Jersey Shore. It's a record that's full of dynamic music and great lyrics, but will we respect it in the morning?
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I love this album and I love the Hold Steady. I want to get that out of the way at the outset. I say this because I don't want my following comments misconstrued as part of the rather mindless stream of criticism that seems to follow this band around. There is no question that the Hold Steady is the recipient of more unfounded and ill-considered bashing of any bad around. Not by critics! Music critics rightfully praise the band as one of the finest in the world. And the praise is deserved. These guys obviously care passionately about their music and engage in absolutely no poser gamesmanship that their critics foist on them. I've tried hard to understand why people dislike the band. OK, Craig Finn doesn't sing so much as declaim, but he declaims well and is an absolutely brilliant lyricist. Musically, the rest of the band is a bunch of crackerjacks. Tad Kubler is one of the finest guitarists plying his craft in America. On top of all this, they are absolutely brilliant live performers, generous with the audience, working hard to put on a great show. Yet, the critics (again, not by critics or people who actually know what they talk about) persist.

So, on to what I have to say that could be construed as criticism. I give this album five stars because it deserves it. But I will add that I think this is the band's least brilliant album to date. Mind you, I don't think they are in decline or that this represents a disappointing effort. In many ways it is their slickest, most polished album yet. They are obvious masters of their craft and I think they well deserve their #4 ranking in the prestigious Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll, which I think laps the Grammies several times in terms of credibility.
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