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Stay Positive | 4 stars out of 5
The Hold Steady's new album, Stay Positive, is filled with the kind of boozy optimism that strikes around last call, when the ideas are always a bit grander than the execution.
Craig Finn and the guys aim for the near-impossible welding of indie-rock attitude and concerns — as well as alternative-leaning lyrics and phrasing — to broad, arena-rock anthems, and they come close to the mark, especially in the gritty-grand Sequestered in Memphis. The “sing-along songs” they idolize in the dynamic new single Constructive Summer and in the earnest, epic title track succeed as new-millennium Springsteen.
What The Hold Steady lack in precision, they more than make up for in enthusiasm.
Glenn Gamboa, Newsday