CRAIG FINN – Faith in the Future

Album: Faith in the Future

Artist: Craig Finn

Label: Partisan

Release Date: September 11, 2015

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The Upshot: Hold Steady mainman once again shows off his knack for telling fascinating stories about heartache and tough times.

BY JOHN B. MOORE

Springsteen had “Wendy,” “Rosie,” “Sandy” and “Rosalita” (and that’s just pulling songs from the first few records); and Craig Finn has “Maggie,” “Sarah,” “Sandra” and “Christine.”

While there is clearly a law that every mention of Finn or his band The Hold Steady has to be paired with a reference to Springsteen, the fact that four out of 10 songs off Finn’s second solo effort have women’s names in the title made this exercise that much more easier. That’s not to say Faith in the Future is a poor man’s Springsteen record, it happens to be a pretty solid affair, it’s just that like the Boss, like Dylan before them both, Finn has mastered the art of unraveling a detailed and compelling story in the form of three-minute songs.

Like his debut, 2012’s Clear Heart Full Eyes, Finn’s solo records tend to be a little darker and more-sparse than Hold Steady albums. From the opener, “Maggie I’ve Been Searching for Our Son” to the closer “I Was Doing Fine (Then a Few People Died)” Finn once again shows off his knack for telling fascinating stories about heartache and tough times. There are worse things in life than people comparing you to Springsteen.

 DOWNLOAD: “Roman Guitars,” “Trapper Avenue” and “I Was Doing Fine (Then a Few People Died)”

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