Craig Finn

I Need A New War


This album was released 12 weeks ago.

81% ±9% 11 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Blankets
2 Magic Marker
3 A Bathtub In The Kitchen
4 Indications
5 Grant at Galena
6 Something to Hope For
7 Carmen Isn't Coming In Today
8 Holyoke
9 Her With The Blues
10 Anne Marie & Shane
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81% 4WIM Rating
100% The Skinny The title of Craig Finn’s fourth solo record, I Need a New War, is taken from a lyric in the track Grant At Galena.
90% The Line of Best Fit
90% God is in the TV Not because I don’t think it’s any good – on the contrary, as the next few hundred words will make clear, I think it’s absolutely fantastic – but because I am still trying to work out how to do it justice.
90% No Ripcord It's rarely useful to compare song lyrics to literature, but the Hold Steady frontman is writing at a level that demands a literary correlative.
84% GIGsoup The album itself clocks in at 44 minutes, giving Finn plenty of time to do what he does best, poetically paint pictures of hope, discontent, laughter and modern day scepticism in a neatly trimmed package that contains no filler or waste.
80% Exclaim! Music The song, "Something to Hope For," backs it up with upbeat horn stabs and backing vocals; it's about as overtly joyful as moments get on Finn's fourth solo album, which showcases the sharp eye for small human triumphs and dramas that Finn has honed over the years — how contemporary struggles are often survived rather than defeated, managed rather than forgotten.
80% The 405 In a frankly shocking feat for a man who’s already helped produce the likes of Boys and Girls in America, Craig Finn has never been more relatable.
80% Under the Radar Magazine Jun 03, 2019 Web Exclusive By Mischa Pearlman As the frontman of The Hold Steady—the band he formed in 2003—Craig Finn has established himself as one of contemporary music's best and most interesting songwriters.
74% Paste Magazine We’ve all known people like the ones who populate Craig Finn’s songs, especially on his solo releases.
70% Backseat Mafia This is particularly evident on “Blankets”, the opening track on I Need a New War, and its closer “Ann Mare and Shane”, two songs where it genuinely sounds like Finn is recycling lyrics from the last three Hold Steady albums.
67% Nöjesguiden Men musiken bär alltid berättelserna snarare än ställer sig i vägen för dem, och när musiken som i A Bathtub in the Kitchen är som mest stillsam är den också som mest effektivt berättelseförstärkande.  De enda som just nu kan matcha honom i rockförfattande är Willy Vlaution och kanske Jesse Malin, och här höjer Craig Finn ribban ytterligare för dem.