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We All Want The Same Things

Craig Finn

We All Want The Same Things

Third solo record from The Hold Steady frontman

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Partisan Records
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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Simply fantastic
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  2. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    Smiles may be hard to come by on We All Want The Same Things, but flat-out songwriting excellence is in plentiful supply
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  3. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    There’s still no substitute for the adrenalizing power of the Hold Steady at its best, but the nuance of Finn’s solo songwriting, and the subtler sense of musical adventurism he has come to embrace on his own work, make these songs essential, too
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Maintains his novelist's eye for detail throughout. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A deeply personal work from a master storyteller
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  6. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Confirms his status as one of American music’s best storytellers, in the same mould as Leonard Cohen or Lou Reed
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  7. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    No longer sounding like stripped-down Hold Steady songs, Finn's latest solo album is the accomplished work of a wise songwriter—mournful, musically layered, and full of empathy
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  8. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    His third and best solo album
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  9. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The way an album feels matters, and this one feels comfortable—and self-possessed in a way that his other solo albums aren't
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  10. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It might just be that this line of work suits him better than The Hold Steady, these days
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  11. 6.7 |   Earbuddy

    Unremarkable but good. If you’re a Finnatic, then you’re going to love this album despite any criticism
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  12. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    NEW Finn's solo work still provides some stories worth hearing
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  13. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Most listeners know what they’re signing up for with Finn at this point
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  14. 6.0 |   Q

    Sometimes let down by a ploddy production. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The breathing space elevates those words. Print edition only

  16. 4.0 |   The Independent

    It’s all a bit depressing, and not helped by the plodding music, which sags back into plonking piano quadruplets and dissatisfying, baggy sax, leavened by the occasional squall of guitar
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