Craig Finn - we all want the same things album FLAC
We All Want the Same Things is the third studio album by Craig Finn. It was released on Partisan Records on March 24, 2017. The title comes from a line in the song "God in Chicago". Craig Finn said, "It seems like a bit of dark humor in these turbulent political times, but it also rings true: No matter our differences, we all have some very basic wants and needs that line up with each other.
After six releases with the Hold Steady, three with the defunct Lifter Puller, and, now, a third solo album, Craig Finn sounds as comfortable as ever in his own skin, clear about both his craft and vision. Throughout We All Want the Same Things, he largely stays in his lane, though he slyly risks finding new wrinkles in a familiar sound. He still writes wordy songs set in the Twin Cities, about characters feeling adrift and looking for meaningful connections, but they don’t sound as stoic in their stabs at heartland rock as they did on Finn’s previous solo efforts, which were less vibrant and.
Craig Finn’s tenure as the unconventional and shamanic leader of the ultimate little bar band that could, The Hold Steady, has been interspersed over recent years with sojourns into solo territory that have yielded mixed results. The low-key strum of 2012’s Clear Heart Full Eyes was well-earned respite from the cacophonous rock of his day job while 2015’s Faith in the Future was a sophisticated, subdued record that perhaps allowed the wheels to drift too close to the middle of the road at times
Craig Finn's new album continues to differentiate his solo material from the Hold Steady, but without Tad Kubler's guitar heroics as a buffer, his lyrics can be pretty harrowing. Finn continues to tell his stories in his usual sing-speak style, but sonically he keeps the music low-key. Even when the songs here go uptempo, Finn stays away from the big, crunchy guitar riffs that give the Hold Steady its punch. Instead, he uses a lot of piano and accents it with quiet horn accompaniments and occasional female backing vocals. Finn’s style of lyrics and vocals stay constant regardless of the project, but the Hold Steady’s songwriting starts with guitarist Tad Kubler.
We named this collection We All Want The Same Things after a line in the song God in Chicago, says frontman Craig Finn says. It seems like a bit of dark humour in these turbulent political times, but it also rings true: no matter our differences we all have some very basic wants and needs that line up with each other. It’s solo album number three for the Hold Steady frontman, and he’s doing what all great musicians do when faced with such turbulence: he’s doing a tour of his fans’ living rooms (see dates, below)
Craig Finn's solo output has been reassuringly impressive, building on his work with The Hold Steady, he gives himself the freedom here to explore more intricate and intimate material without the band dynamic guiding the development of his lyrics. It's Finn's strength as a wordsmith that makes We All Want The Same Things such a joy to listen to. While the record takes a little longer to percolate through your brain than its predecessor, it's equally as compelling. Finn mainly writes in the first person, enabling these songs to have an intimacy, no matter how dark the tales of drug deals and broken lives become. That's perhaps always been the key to his success, each protagonist feels as if they're speaking directly to you, detailing their lives in minute detail
In classic Craig Finn fashion, with ‘We All Want The Same Things’ he propels us through worlds of stories and lives that could very well be our own. Building upon his last solo album, 'Faith In The Future', The Hold Steady frontman discovers depth in the inane and finds its soundtrack to be perfectly composed rock music. It’s easy to find yourself hooked by his lyricism, getting lost in it and building imagery around your own ideas. These are songs that are meant to be played out like films with their characters taking centre stage in the replication of your life.