Song: How A Resurrection Really Feels
Artist: The Hold Steady
Album: Separation Sunday
An awkward mouthful of a title, but such sweet sorrow. At least the equal of “Lord, I’m Discouraged” in terms of exemplifying grand, well-crafted elegiac rock storytelling. It doesn’t have a blazing guitar solo centerpiece as “Lord” does, but the guitar lines tailing the line “so we all got kinda curious” (the final line of vocals) are as cathartic and redemptive. I have absolutely no concept of that scene/lifestyle– hoodrats, partying, religion, rock, substances, etc.– but the music really gives you a sense of story and, coming at the end of the album, finality. The music box ending feels precious and a little calculated, though actually, it starts at 2:57, and is a case of merely being the last track standing. Slightly cloying, but I still like it.
(The audio glitch at the beginning is from a scratchy cd– remember those?– I wasn’t careful enough, disc, I’m sorry.)