Craig Finn - Faith In The Future
Music history is littered with the failures and successes of front men and women gone solo. It’s not just a lonely path, but one that comes with plenty of preconceptions to hinder the listening experience. The Hold Steady’s main man Craig Finn already has one of his own albums under his belt, 2012’s Clear Heart Full Eyes, and is returning to life sans band mates with a set of smaller, more introspective songs than his barroom band alter-ego.
The tone of Faith In The Future is set by opener ‘Maggie I’m Searching For Our Son’, where stories and characters are to the fore. That vein of storytelling is a constant: ‘Sarah, Calling From A Hotel Room’ is a vivid, nerve-wracking portrayal of an old relationship, ‘Christine’ and ‘Sandra From Scranton’ both delve deep into their respective characters. Finn's accomplishment is no mean feat, this doesn’t sound like a Hold Steady album, even the Bostonian's voice sounds different; more restrained, more introverted. Faith In The Future plays with expectations and allows Finn enough room for both careers to bloom.