Album Review: Faith in the Future by Craig Finn

Friday, Craig Finn, lead singer of the Hold Steady and formerly of Lifter Puller, released his second solo album, Faith in the Future. It’s no secret that the Hold Steady is one of my favorite bands of all time, and thus I eagerly awaited the release of Craig’s newest solo endeavor. The Hold Steady encompass many of my favorite things, and what a lot of good rock and roll is about: dive bars, edgy women, and a rowdy Friday night steeped with story telling and soul. To my delight, none of that is lost in Finn’s solo gig.

Where the Hold Steady is a drunken bar fight on Friday night, solo Finn is the hangover two days later at the end of the bar; the Hold Steady recalls the girl banged in the bathroom after the show, and Finn tells us what happened to her ten years down the road (see “Sandra From Scranton”). Finn loses none of his edge, and gains a symptom of writing and performing year after year: wisdom.

“Roman Guitars,” the second track on the album, is a moment of real Americana story telling upon which Finn has built his reputation. There’s something folksy in the story and bluesy in the progression that with Finn’s chant-like, frank vocals is haunting.  “Going to a Show,” is an incredibly relatable tune that really knocked the air out of my chest upon first listen.  Anyone that has ever spent time going to shows knows the characters in that song, and maybe even loved them a time or two. “I Was Doing Fine (Then a Few People Died)” is a perfect ending, a nightcap with which to send you off questioning both sobriety and humanity.  Finn does not disappoint with Faith in the Future, and may very well have provided the perfect fall album for his whiskey drinking, hell-bound audience.

You can follow Craig Finn Here:

Twitter: @steadycraig


Finn will also be touring through the end of November. You can catch him here:

October 14: Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY

October 15: The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

October 15: Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON

October 19: Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI

October 20: The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis, IN

October 22: old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

October 23: Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI

October 24: Woman’s Club Theater, Minneapolis, MN

October 25: Turf Club, St. Paul, MN

October 26: Rozz Rox, Rock Island, IL

October 28: The recordBar, Kansas City, MO

October 29: Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO

October 31: Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA

November 1: Culture Center Theater, Charleston, WV

November 2: Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC

November 3: Ottobar, Baltimore, MD

November 4: The Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA

November 5: The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ

November 6: The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

November 28: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

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