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Teeth Dreams is the sixth album from one of America's most acclaimed rock bands.

This is their first release in four years. Their last, Heaven is Whenever, came out in May 2010.

The songs on Teeth Dreams came together over the past three years. Many of them went through significant changes along the way. Four years is the most time between any two The Hold Steady releases.

Guitarist Steve Selvidge joined The Hold Steady for the Heaven is Whenever tour. Teeth Dreams is the first THS release where Selvidge participated in the writing and recording. A number of the songs were written at sessions in Memphis, where Steve lives.

The album was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has produced records by Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Ghost and more.

Teeth Dreams was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin,TN. It is the first record that THS has made outside of the NYC area.

This five-piece line up (two guitars, bass, drums, vocals) of the band showcases a bigger and tougher sound. The guitars are especially present on this release.

This is the first release on the band's own Positive Jams imprint, which is in partnership with Washington Square/Razor & Tie.

The title Teeth Dreams refers to a common nighttime dream. Dreams about teeth are usually triggered by anxiety. Anxiety is a theme that shows up in a number of songs on the album.

The band recently launched an official fan club called The Unified Scene, and released a five song covers EP to the members of the club.

The Hold Steady played their first show in 2003. They are entering their second decade as a band. The Hold Steady has been cited as influential by numerous rock acts such as Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, Frank Turner and many others.

THS has toured heavily, and has played at least one show in all 50 states. They achieved this in summer 2013 when they played a show in Wyoming, the last state on their list.

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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. Prince on March 25, 2014
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Another great set of songs & stories from The Hold Steady. However, Nick Raskulinecz just does not get that these guys are raw, stripped down bar band. Everything he produces is starting to sound the same: too much compression, the over processed vocals, the stadium sounding drum kit, and those modern-rock ready guitars. This is not THAT band! They're not going to get played on Modern Rock Radio and they are not going to play big concert halls. The sound of the record should be like their live sound. This one sounds a little too clever and polished for its own good.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on March 25, 2014
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Brooklyn stalwarts The Hold Steady once produced a great album that told us to "Stay Positive". After the rather average fare that was 2010's "Heaven is Whenever" positivity was in in short supply, a half empty glass appeared and it sadly looked that this band was running out of steam. Things had to change and on "Teeth Dreams" the bands guiding leader Craig Finn has moved even closer into the darkness on the edge of town and in doing so largely eliminated the "pop" edge within the band. The sound here is a sort of Randy Newman meets Husker Du with a large splash of Clash thrown in through the dual guitar assault of Tad Kubler and new band member Steve Selvidge. It appears to have remedied the situation as "Teeth Dreams" is the Hold Steady largely back on course and producing an album worth seeking out.

The colours are pretty much nailed to the mast from the off. Opener "I hope this whole thing didn't frighten you" is an enormous blast of guitar riffery and a big Finn vocal spitting out the warning lines that "There was a side of this city I didn't want you to see/There's just these guys that I know we go back pretty deep". The pace is further quickened for "Spinners" a clear album standout. It also shows the difference between this album and its predecessors. Finn is no longer in the endless search of the catchy hook or melodic shortcut. This anthem is built on sheer power and energy and as a result "Spinners" is easily one of their best recorded moments. Throughout the tone is relentless with "The Only Thing" powering along with pace and verve.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Boulevard on March 25, 2014
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After nearly four years The Hold Steady have finally graced us with their sixth album, Teeth Dreams. There's no doubt that this has been a long time coming and the end result is somewhat satisfying but far less interesting than some of their previous work.

The LP opens promisingly, with lead single "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" kicking things off in high gear. It's a solid rock tune, though for some reason Craig Finn's voice sounds distorted on the chorus. It's distracting and pulls you out of the song, a common problem that occurs frequently on Teeth Dreams. His unique vocals are constantly tweaked and laden with unnecessary effects that don't compliment the songs in any meaningful way. "Spinners" is one of the album's best cuts, a pop/rock tune that wouldn't sound out of place on a Counting Crows record, courtesy of jangley guitars and Finn's trademark storytelling. It's a solid start to the album and a worthy addition to the band's catalogue. It's a shame the rest of the album rarely scales these same heights.

The next few tracks are a mixed bag of distorted noise and wavering melodies. "The Only Thing" is decent, if somewhat forgettable. "The Ambassador" gives the record some much-needed breathing room and has traces of previous ballads like "Lord, I'm Discouraged", yet doesn't do much to really distinguish itself in spite of this promise. The soft piano is a nice touch and it's an element that would have been well-served by being included more frequently on the album. "On with the Business" also fails to really stand out, a mediocre rock tune that unfortunately feels too much like a throwaway tune. "Big Cig" steers things back on course. It has just the right amount of lyrical intrigue and upbeat energy to make it worthwhile.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Izzorlas on March 25, 2014
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"Lunar Boulevard" (above) hit the nail on the head with this one - for some reason The Hold Steady have taken their greatest assets, Craig Finn's unique vocal style and witty lyrics, and drowned them in echo effects. I can't recall any other album where the echo is quite so distracting. When I think of the Hold Steady, I think of Finn raspily singing/rapping about good parties gone bad and bar hopping nights that went off the rails. It's very frustrating to hear a band "soften" their strengths. I realize many people hate Finn's distinctive voice - I hope they aren't catering to the critics (the last album was already moving in this direction).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. P Roberts on May 15, 2014
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The Hold Steady are known mainly as the vehicle for Craig Finn, their front man, and his lyrics. In the past, the band has been sort of an organ-and-drum driven backing accompaniment to Finn's...well, it was more beat poetry than it was singing. The lyrics are fantastic and the music was essentially just there to give Finn an excuse to engage in spoken word for five minutes at a time, almost like William Shatner's recent "rock" albums. Somewhere along the line, though, he started to want to stretch himself and become a VOCALIST. Like Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, he decided to leave behind just speaking or rapping and stretch more into singing. He took vocal lessons and did the whole thing. The band added a second guitar player. This current album, then, is splitting fandom between people who approve of the singing-and-more-gutiars approach and the people who "like their old stuff better." I've got news for you--ANY band who makes it for six albums is going to start stretching. U2 did it, opening up their musical palate after three albums of the same sound. Elton John did it. The Who did it. The Beatles did it. The Black Keys are doing it. What this reminds me of the most is the cry of "Judas" when Dylan plugged in and went electric, leaving behind the sound of his early folk albums for a while. All the folkies (the hipsters of the time) gasped at the heresy committed against "serious folk music" and saw Dylan as a sell-out to bubblegum pop-rock. And history has judged them. They were wrong. Dylan made some of the most influential albums of the rock era after he plugged in and dabbled with other sounds. No artist does the same thing over and over again forever to please the fans who love "the old stuff." That's not art; that IS selling out.Read more ›
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