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Format: CD
Sku: 227376161
UPC: 601091070523
UPC 14: 00601091070523
Release Date: 1/24/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Apollo Bay ~ Craig Finn
2. When No One'S Watching ~ Craig Finn
3. No Future ~ Craig Finn
4. New Friend Jesus ~ Craig Finn
5. Jackson ~ Craig Finn
6. Terrified Eyes ~ Craig Finn
7. Western Pier ~ Craig Finn
8. Honolulu Blues ~ Craig Finn
9. Rented Room ~ Craig Finn
10. Balcony ~ Craig Finn
11. Not Much Left of Us ~ Craig Finn

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ricky Ray Jackson, Billy White (guitar); Katie Holmes (fiddle); Catherine Davis (piano, organ, keyboards); Jesse Ebaugh (organ, upright bass, bass guitar); Josh Block (drums, percussion); Hope Irish, Will Johnson (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recording information: The Mansion, Austin, TX (07/2011).
Muze PNote Photographers: Andrew Yates ; Don Weir.
Muze PNote Whether he's spinning tales of arson and murder over the angular, synth-kissed indie rock of Lifter Puller, or recounting the excesses and fatal flaws of his fictional Twin Cities denizen with the Hold Steady's swagger-filled bar rock behind him, Craig Finn has always had a way of blending in with whatever music he's accompanied by without losing his writerly voice. With its mellow, lonely sound, Finn's solo debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes, finds the songwriter looking for a change of sonic scenery that feels more like a vacation from his other work than a departure, with the singer maintaining his identity as a songwriter as he adapts to a more distinctly country sound. Over the course of its 11 tracks, the album unfolds like a series of vacation snapshots that show Finn being himself in a new locale. Unsurprisingly, the singer is able to deftly adapt to his new surroundings, with his narrative, story-filled lyrics taking on a newfound earnestness that reflects the plaintive strains of pedal steel that weaves in and out of these more restrained arrangements. This ability to meld with, rather than take over, the songs he's on is a testament to Finn's abilities not just as a lyricist and a singer, but as a raconteur. Finn's guileless, observational create a clean, engrossing narrative that allows listeners to escape into another world for a few minutes at a time. Though this kind of approach doesn't leave a whole lot up to interpretation, its directness gives you the opportunity to contemplate the "who," "where," when," and "why" of the songs rather than just the "what." Anyone expecting the bar rock bravado of the Hold Steady is probably going to be disappointed by Clear Heart Full Eyes' subdued vibe, but anyone looking for more of Craig Finn's sprawling tales will feel right at home. ~ Gregory Heaney

Producer: Michael McCarthy

Engineer: Jim Vollentine

Artist Overview

Craig Finn is a Minnesota-bred singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Finn's highly descriptive lyrical style has a focus on narrative, crafting whole worlds for the people in his songs to exist within. In 1994, the singer put this style to work with Lifter Puller, refining his craft over the course of their three albums. Finn relocated to New York, where he worked on Brokerdealer in 2001 before reuniting with Lifter Puller bassist Tad Kubler to form the Hold Steady. While the band's whiskey-fueled bar rock sound was a departure from the angular, synth-filled sounds of Lifter Puller, Finn's storytelling style remained intact. During some downtime, Finn recorded a solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, released in 2012. ~ Gregory Heaney
Artist Influences
Billy Bragg | Chuck Ragan

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Songs For Slim:rockin Here Tonight Be
Muze Music Compilations Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s:v1

Associated Artists and Works

Earle, Steve

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/24/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : VR 705
Music Label Name Label : Universal Music Canada
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00601091070523

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.60)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Cut with a country-rock pickup band, his first solo album is full of bleakly funny noir tales."

Magnet (p.49)
- "In lieu of the Hold Steady's effusive bombast, Finn's first solo effort offers a more tempered, reflective sound that pushes some of his finest rock tropes in new directions."

Paste (magazine)
- "Finn has kept his eye for detail...and he still does what he does best in blending religious concerns with thoughts of classic rock `n' roll..."

Pitchfork (Website)
- "'Terrified Eyes' shuffles around on a laidback beat and a rangy, almost alt-country guitar, as he takes the conspiratorial tone of a tour guide pointing out the sites of crimes and scandals."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Finn,Craig
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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