Teeth Dreams Import
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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.
Teeth Dreams 12in Black Vinyl Double LP, includes download card
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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The Hold Steady is alternative classic-rock at its finest.
But make sure you see them live to know the full majesty of these fantastic rock songs. Read more
Although it's a bit slower than some of their other works, it is an imminently listenable effort from The Hold Steady and it holds up well to their other classic records.Published 14 months ago by doctorbob
This is the first Hold Steady album I've listened to. I can't compare it with their past work, but I find I listen to it a lot. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Dynarski
They're back! Such a strong performance from Craig Finn and company. This is The Hold Steady doing what they do best, writing great songs with a bit of an edge. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Christopher Massa
having lost the keyboard, it was clear that there was an unfilled void in the last album "Heaven is Whenever"
happy to say that the band can rock again
yes, it's... Read more