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Album: Heaven Is Whenever
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Sweet Part of the City More Info...
2)    Soft in the Center More Info...
3)    The Weekenders More Info...
4)    The Smidge More Info...
5)    Rock Problems More Info...
6)    We Can Get Together More Info...
7)    Hurricane J More Info...
8)    Barely Breathing More Info...
9)    Our Whole Lives More Info...
10)    A Slight Discomfort More Info...
 
Album: Heaven Is Whenever
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Sweet Part of the City More Info...
2)    Soft in the Center More Info...
3)    The Weekenders More Info...
4)    The Smidge More Info...
5)    Rock Problems More Info...
6)    We Can Get Together More Info...
7)    Hurricane J More Info...
8)    Barely Breathing More Info...
9)    Our Whole Lives More Info...
10)    A Slight Discomfort More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Corinne Caouette, Roman Kuebler (vocals); John Reis (guitar); Peter Hess, Lloyd Debonis (horns); Dan Neustadt (piano, keyboards).
  • Audio Mixer: Dean Baltulonis.
  • Recording information: Dreamland; Mission Sound; Wild Arctic.
  • Photographer: Andrew Yates .
  • After announcing the departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay, the Hold Steady decided to return to the more stripped-down sound of their earlier records with their fifth album, Heaven Is Whenever.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.65) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "On HEAVEN IS WHENEVER, the Hold Steady don't just show us how much they love classic rock -- they make some of their own. It's their most polished record, nearly majestic at points..."

Spin - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Craig Finn's rhymes still resonate..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "If 2008's STAY POSTIVE was a haunted wastoid cautionary tale, HEAVEN is a survivor's celebration of staying alive." -- Grade: A-

Alternative Press (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he band have learned to downshift when they need to, finally giving melodies and words some space to breathe."

CMJ - "[T]he band members have moved behind the bar, dispensing words as wizened bartenders..."

Billboard (p.37) - "[T]he group's Everyman stature remains intact thanks to vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn's straightforward lyricism and lead guitarist Tad Kubler's signature swells."

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.51) - "The Hold Steady makes music that pulsates with real quality and a very sense of trouble....HEAVEN IS WHENEVER is a real treat of an album."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] rewarding listen....Established fans will find much to adore..."

Paste (magazine) (p.89) - "[O]n its magnificent fifth album, the band has finally grown up a little....Again pulling off with heroic sincerity the idea that heaven is lying on the floor listening to records..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the natural, assured way in which HEAVEN IS WHENEVER moves between building on past glories and breaking fresh ground that's so impressive."

Uncut (magazine) (p.34) - Ranked #36 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[W]ith a pared-back sound and a cleaned-up Tad Kubler's guitar to the fore..."
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