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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Dream Big, Be Epic (Album Reviews)
Teeth Dreams - The Hold Steady B+ Epic - Sharon Van Etten A-
Released: March 2014
Dare I say that Teeth Dreams is the best Hold Steady album yet... Well, I should probably revisit 2006's Boys and Girls in America before making that declaration. But, the first couple times I listened to Teeth Dreams I was pretty blown away. It's everything I love about The Hold Steady- gritty, smart, catchy, sensitive and a little geeky. Plus, this album rocks out with its cock out. It's alt radio ready with a tingle of arena rock thrown in. Regardless of whether this is or isn't their best album, it's sounds great right here, right now. Favorite Tracks: "The Ambassador," "On with the Business," & "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You"
Released: September 2010
Sometimes I hear an album and right away I know it's special. That was the case with Sharon Van Etten's Epic. Quietly, acoustically, and passionately this album penetrates and stays with me long after it's over.
Favorite Tracks: "A Crime," "Peace Signs," "Save Yourself," & "Don't Do It"