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End of the year playlist #6- The Hold Steady- Sequestered in Memphis

December 17th, 2008

Craig Finn’s a storyteller, not a singer. Factor in a group of accomplished, riff-happy musicians, The Hold Steady have been called “the best band in America.” “Sequestered in Memphis” follows a guy on trial after a barroom bathroom tryst. This isn’t a paint-by-numbers John Grisham tale. Finn peppers the story with dialog (“She said ‘I know I look tired/but everything’s fried here in Memphis”) and observation (“In bar light she looked all right/In daylight she looked desperate/that’s all right I looked desperate too”), all building toward an arena-ready, sing-along chorus. Seriously.

 

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