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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B007A0OCDY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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In July 2011, I went to Austin Texas to make a record. The Hold Steady was on a four month break, and I wanted to try something a little different. Earlier in the year, I had written a bunch of songs that were outside of the norm for The Hold Steady, a little quieter and perhaps more narrative. I also wanted to gain some experience and insight into the process of making a record by working ... Read more in Amazon's Craig Finn Store

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Music-wise the production is tight and the back up musicians are excellent.
Pbmedx
Unfortunately, the vinyl does not contain "Rented Room" even though there is plenty of space for it.
Geee!
The more subdued, Americana-esque vibe fits the record and the songs really well.
Sam A. Haist

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on January 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Essential Tracks:

Jackson
Honolulu Blues
Terrified Eyes
Not Much Left Of Us

Craig Finn is like Bob Dylan - you either enjoy his voice or you don't. The question for most people considering Clear Heart Full Eyes is going to be where it falls on the catalog - is it more LFTR/PLLR, The BrokerDealer or The Hold Steady? Does it suck? Should I buy it?

The Hold Steady, No, Yes.

With that resolved - Finn's solo album does have it's occasional moments of awkwardness (lyrical and musical) but overall there were few moments that made me wish it had more Kubler. While Clear Heart Full Eyes fails to reach the heights of his best collaborative works there is little for Finn to be ashamed of here. (Ok, My New Friend Jesus is not the strongest track he's ever put out. I give you that up front.) Oddly one of his strongest tracks, Sarah I'm Surrounded, is not available on the CD. Thematically Finn is still working with his familiar group of people trying to get past obstacles and capture something bright for a moment. Here they face depression, medical bills and the inevitable erosions of time. Some of the tracks could have easily been put out by The Hold Steady, but framing them in this quieter style serves Finn's vocal style well. Solo projects can feel like a closet clearing - something the artist had to get out to go on with his main work. Clear Heart Full Eyes feels like an overflow from an artist with more to say than one band has room for. I look forward to the next album by The Hold Steady, but Clear Heart Full Eyes has won my heart on its own merits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Luiz on February 6, 2012
Format: Vinyl
When I heard one song in a preview of this album -- "Rented Room" -- I expected Craig was going to put out a collection of slow-tempo songs without the rocking energy of the Hold Steady material. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. This is a terrific album. In some what it's even more accessible than some Hold Steady songs because there are chorus hooks in every song and in almost every song Craig fully sings, without lapsing into the talk-singing he does in a number of Hold Steady songs. Many of the songs like "Terrified Eyes," "No Future" and "Balcony" were instant likes for me, but the other songs build interest almost as quickly. The songs feature all the brilliant storytelling and clever lines listeners have come to expect of Craig, but the music offers quite a surprise in being quite distinct from the Hold Steady standard. A few even have a bit of a country twang. In an interview I read, Tad Kubler acknowledged that his addiction problems may have Craig worried about his artistic future and that he may have put out this ablum to prove to himself he could still have a career if Tad's problems led to the demise of the Hold Steady. Let's hope the latter never happens - and they're already talking about the sixth Hold Steady album. But while you wait for that one, I think most Hold Steady fans will enjoy how accomplished Craig's solo effort is.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam A. Haist on February 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I never post reviews on Amazon, and though in reality I would likely rate this at 4 stars, I had to boost the ridiculously low current rating. Craig Finn is one of the best storytellers in today's music scene and much of this album ranks among his finest work. Many a reviewer has noted that this doesn't match the bombastic rock & roll of a Hold Steady record, but that's not a bad thing. The more subdued, Americana-esque vibe fits the record and the songs really well. If you like to pay attention when you listen, this album will reward you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Irwin on February 29, 2012
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As a big fan of the Hold Steady, I was ready to embrace this album. I think Craig Finn is a great lyricist and singer, but this album falls a little short of the mark. It's very lyric heavy at the expensive of the music, I think. It's a pleasant listen, but none of the tracks stay in your head. Hold Steady, don't leave me now! I'm sure you still have much more to offer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs on February 4, 2012
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Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes (Full Time Hobby)
On first hearing, it's understandable why Craig Finn's debut solo record was never going to be a Hold Steady album. The small screen Americana that the band play, and excel at - something that coalesces the rock `n' roll abandon of prime-time Replacements with the short stories of Richard Ford - simply doesn't apply on "Clear Heart Full Eyes". Instead Finn brings calmness and a quiet quirkiness to his songs, and lets his words run without confinement.

In interviews he's spoken about songwriters who have stirred his imagination, and a desire to strip back the bluster - though The Hold Steady peddle some of the finest bluster around. Here he sounds like a writer totally familiar with the prime movers of the Texas songwriting tradition; Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt, Blaze Foley, etc., together with various new Dylans, including John Prine and Steve Goodman. There's never been any doubting his songwriting prowess, right from the early days of "Almost Killed Me", and here he gets the chance to put his words front and centre. My favourites are many, and I must draw attention to the chugging "No Future" - Freddie Mercury and Johnny Rotten so rarely get to be in the same song together, even Neil Young only managed to squeeze one of them in - and "New Friend Jesus", where Finn get's to talk about his new pal, all to a rather glorious country groove.
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