“It’s hard to suck with Jesus in your band” - Craig Finn, from the song "My Friend Jesus"
While truer words may never have been spoken, it’s a shame that Hold Steady singer Craig Finn didn’t seek out a little more divine inspiration when making his debut solo record, Clear Eyes Full Heart.
While hardcore Hold Steady fans are sure to find something to love, the truth of the matter is that Clear Eyes, Full Heart comes off as a half-assed attempt at a meaningful record, failing to engage, or really ever connect, on any level with the listener. In recent interviews Finn has said that when it came time to make this record [he] packed up, headed to Austin and entered the studio with a group of musicians that he had never worked with (or even met) prior to the session. It shows.