The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy
Open Door Policy
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BaddieBaphomet
60
This is my first exposure to The Hold Steady, an alternative band that’s been performing together for almost twenty years. On “Open Door Policy”, my first impression of the band is that there’s a lot here that could be great if it weren’t for one specific weak spot.

Being given the tagline “Power, Wealth, and Mental Health” by frontman Craig Finn, “Open Door Policy” is filled with heartland rock and indie rock tunes in a similar vain to ... read more
avernannes
42
★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆
4.2/10

Very not interesting... really an insignificant indie rock album, with its every second being as generic and unoriginal as it can get. It's not a bad bad record, but truly unsatisfying and mediocre.
geanluka
25
19.2.2021

The voice / talking is such a big letdown….
FatalNoise
70
This is quite confusing for me, some really boring pop rock tunes with some country influences and then there’s an amazing 10/10 hard riffs just sitting in the middle of the tracks. The stories are quite interesting and suspenseful too which is always nice. Such a confusing array of music but I enjoyed for the most part.
cfreemon
70
Solid if unspectacular bar room rock. The characters of these songs and their escapades are entertaining enough, and when the songs rock, they really rock. If bars were conventionally open, songs like "Heavy Covenant" and "Family Farm" would get the place moving. Some songs get swallowed in their unnecessarily complex structures, mainly the first three songs. Still, this kinds of music makes me yearn for a world where I can slam some beers and sing along with my ... read more
Orlkont
60
Astounding storytelling but I've never really been a fan with almost a spoken-word vocal choice. I do adore the guitar production on some of the songs and there were also moments where everything just settles and you can really feel the passion of the vocalist.
ArthurPerry
56
excelente para dormir, porque de resto não presta
7rent
61
If I pay too much attention to the vocals, they get overly goofy (and a lil... goofy, like... from mickey mouse)
Goofy but he grew up listening to Broadway, Tom Petty & Protomartyr. Lol.

But instrumentally there is some sweet stuff going on here, it honestly is a marriage between indie rock, spoken word, heartland, and post-punk (without the bouts of aggression).

Not too crazy about the record overall though, it just fails to keep me in the loop for all 10 tracks (the bonus track should ... read more
Felix_96
40
4/10

not good

Fav tracks: <none>
Rhino
54
The Hold Steady are a band who have always tried stick to there roots for the past almost 2 decades. From creating indie infused punk and rock mixed with heartland rock from there early catalogue, the band have always stick to those roots and haven’t strayed themselves from it as shown in there latest ‘Open Door Policy’ which like there previous album ‘Thrashing Thru the Passion’ which revitalises on that heartland/blues rock style and shows a clear influence from ... read more
NTTR
59
The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy

Genre: Indie Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 59% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 93th / 174

Highlight: Unpleasant Breakfast

Made me think of:
The Gaslight Anthem
Bob Mould
The National
Deehunter
Arcade Fire
pedro00valente
50
I don't know why, but there was something that didn’t click, either it was the band or me, but this just sounded boring after the first tracks and after repeated listenings. I felt like there were some good riffs going on at times, but nothing did quite captivate me. This is a classic mixed feelings album for me.
EcclesOfficial
78
If you go into this album expecting anything like a serious album - say, for example Mogwai's album As the Love Continues, released on the same day as this album - you will be disappointed. This is a fun album and unabashedly so, from Craig Finn's rather goofy voice to his rambling story-telling lyrics. The album cover is off-putting, but once listening to the album, it does become fitting for the themes explored in the Hold Steady's eighth release.

There are great songs on this album, Spices ... read more
StaticKid
45
Sorry, because of this album we're now closed
69
The Hold Steady on “Open Door Policy” spend the first half of this album aging like a fine wine, sounding like a more mature and just as captivating version of their younger selves. The second half of this album though The Hold Steady spend slowing to a complete halt and sounding more disjointed then ever.

Give A Listen To: “The Feelers”, “Spices”, “Lanyards”, “Family Farm”, “Me & Magdalena”

Least Favorite Track: ... read more
85
Spices might be a top 5 THS song
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