she drove it like she stole it.
the hold steady's new album, "separation sunday" (sample mp3), is one of the best i've heard this year. just thought you should know. pure narrative folly, wailed out by the lead singer, craig finn, in some sort of insane sloppy beautiful arrythmic mess — and then the piano kicks in and you're all "where the hell did that come from? and is that a gospel chorus?" all hanging together thanks to the magic of pure, steaming, loud and lazy guitar rock. awesome.
further elaboration on these points at pitchfork (which accurately describes finn's singing as "unhinged") and popmatters (which accurately describes finn's singing as "drunk").
(aside to simon: don't know if you'll go for this one, but i love it so you'll have to let me know what you think.)