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Boys And Girls in America

The Hold Steady

2006

Boys And Girls in America
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Boys and Girls in America is the third studio album by the Hold Steady, released on October 3, 2006, by Vagrant Records. On August 18, 2006, first single "Chips Ahoy!" was released as a free download from music site Pitchfork Media. The second single, "Stuck Between Stations" began to appear on campus radio playlists in November 2006. Backing vocals for the track "Chillout Tent" are provided by Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner and the Reputation's Elizabeth Elmore. Dana Kletter (ex-Blackgirls, Dear Enemy, and Hole's Live Through This) contributed backing vocals to "Chips Ahoy!", "You Can Make Him Like You", and "First Night". The album title is a line taken from the opening lines of the song "Stuck Between Stations" ("There are nights when I think that Sal Paradise was right/Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together"), which in turn refers to a quote from American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel On the Road and its narrator, Sal Paradise. The title is repeated in the lyrics in "First Night." Boys and Girls in America has sold 94,000 albums as of April 2010. The album received a metascore of 85 out of 100 on Metacritic, making it tied with four other albums for the 12th best-reviewed album of 2006. Magnet and The Onion's AV Club named it the best album of 2006. Pitchfork rated Boys and Girls in America 9.4 out of 10, and named it the fifth-best album of the year. They later ranked it as the 64th best album of the decade.

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Rating

2.96

Votes

55

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie

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Fri Mar 29 2024
5

I really really really enjoyed this. Reminds me a LOT of The Mountain Goats. Listened to it on a Friday, forgot to rate it, listened to it again on a Monday and liked it even more the second time.

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Sun Mar 31 2024
4

This actually was a very entertaining listening experience! Musically probably not very groundbreaking, and I know of bands that do this even better, but this sound immediately hit my musical sweet-spot. "Gonna walk around and drink some more!" Heck yeah!

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Tue Apr 02 2024
4

I remember when the record came out. It was their third album, but it was the first one that everyone started talking about. Their heartland rock, epic rock reminiscent of 70s Springsteen and that bigger-than-life music that was so rare to hear from a new band in the mid-00s left us all impressed. I always felt like their music lacked songs, themes and melodies that you could really hold on to. But just for their musical conception, their brilliant narrative and for being such a rare bird, they deserved their moment of glory, short but intense

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Thu Apr 04 2024
4

Very 'American sounding' and incredibly lyrical. Some Springsteen vibes at times. Good album

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Wed May 01 2024
4

Like a rockier Counting Crows. I like the storytelling and the piano. Classic rock done properly! Riffs and grooves, but not too heavy or grungy. Although I like the lyrical content that I could make out, I’m not a fan of the over talkative vocal style (Springsteen just about gets right). Excellent and worthy inclusion nonetheless.

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Sat Mar 30 2024
3

I always like this band just fine but it does seem like very much a Springsteen shtick with not as talented a vocalist.

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Sun Mar 31 2024
3

This sounds like the lead singer from Soul Coughing lost all interest in jazz and became obsessed with drugs.

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Sun Mar 31 2024
3

This had a good vibe. Period.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
3

Not sure what makes this stand out to the other 2000s Rock. Not bad, but just not very noteworthy to me.

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Sat Mar 30 2024
2

Whatever my conclusions, the Hold Steady are honest about some aspect of life in this country. The quote that frames it comes from On The Road, which - fair enough - I had a similar ambiguous reaction to, preceded by anticipation. I guess there is an emotional problem, and a structural one, cooperating. Bleakness need not ruin an album concept, but it is challenging to work into the Song. And that craft arrives, tacked-on and ultimately not satisfying; not dissatisfying either. An amusical experience I'm grateful enough to have had.

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Mon Apr 01 2024
2

boring rock. dude can't sing. 2/5.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
2

Not jiving with this one at all, even if ‘80s rock revival was having a moment in the late aughts. The instrumentals sound dated on arrival, and though there are few bright spots in the arrangements creatively, the vocals sink any interest I may have had after that point.

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Wed Apr 10 2024
1

Personally don't like this sound at all.

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Mon Apr 22 2024
1

The vocalist is very much on top of the music and you feel more noise and interruption. And the music is better than him.

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