CD Review: Craig Finn 

Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant)

The Hold Steady's driving force has always been frontman Craig Finn and his songs, which are wrought with Catholic guilt and monster hooks. In the first few shuffling bars of "Apollo Bay" — the opening cut on Finn's debut solo album — dark, minimal guitars chop against his voice as he spins a tale of guilt-splashed woe. It's typical Finn: Drop out the instruments, and you're left with a compelling narrative. Clear Heart Full Eyes features jangly and slightly shambolic '70s rock, shuffling boogie, some dirty blues, and a bit of choogling twang rock. Characters find trouble, each other, and, of course, religion. Then they lose them in equal measure. At times it feels less like an album and more like Finn searching for a new muse. Or at least a variation on his current one.

Nicholas Hall


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • At the Movies — Nosferatu @ Severance Hall

    • Tue., Oct. 25
  • Dave Attell @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Fri., Oct. 28
  • Matt Johnson's Dueling Piano Fiasco! @ Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

    • Fri., Oct. 28

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation