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Craig Finn releases his new solo album, We All Want the Same Things, thought Partisan Records. Finn’s third solo release sees him exploring themes of love and partnership in the modern world, as ever expressed via finely etched character studies, black humour, and craftily arranged rock ‘n’ roll...
We All Want the Same Things is an album that you need to invest a little time in. It took me quite a few listens before I felt totally comfortable with it. While there were instantly accessible tracks ('Jester & June'; 'Birds Trapped in the Airport'; and 'Rescue Blues'), the rest of the material took a little time to warm to.
'God in Chicago', for example, sees Finn throw away any pretense that he can sing (he can't if we're being honest) as he rattles off an interesting tale about a seedy road trip. In fact, it's his inability to deliver a pitch perfect vocal delivery that may turn some off, which is a shame as his work is about so much more than a polished performance.
This album is raw, addictive and damn entertaining. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to pick up Finn's back catalogue.