It’s probably a need for balance after attending the James Blunt performance at the Fillmore, but we feel a need for Rock. The “Blogosphere’s Rules of Full Disclosure” require that we note our enjoyment of the James Blunt show. The man’s an entertainer.
Maybe it’s the length of the title. It certainly would clutter the satellite radio screen that identifies the music if (or when) the song were played. Or maybe it’s a consequence of the inconsistency in the offerings of The Hold Steady. The band is at its best when their music is to the left (in a non-political sense) of Bruce Springsteen and is least appreciated when it goes experimental. There may be other possible explanations for the lack of attention given to “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You.” But certainly, the reason is not related to the quality of the song.
“I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” is on the 2014 album “Teeth Dreams.” The Hold Steady is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Its roots are in Minneapolis. The members are Craig Finn (vocals and guitar), Tad Kubler (guitar), Galen Polivka (bass), Steve Selvidge (guitar) and Bobby Drake (drums).