If you haven’t seen this elsewhere, the Hold Steady have a new song called “Sequestered in Memphis” up at their MySpace page.
I just finished listening to it for the first time… it’s OK. Love the guitars, but I’m not sure whether I like Craig’s continued effort to actually sing. It just sounds weird to me, and I’m not sure whether it’s because (a) I’m not used to it, or (b) he’s just not that good a singer.
And even more important than Craig’s vocals is the fact that it just doesn’t seem like that compelling a song. The chorus is pretty uninteresting, and the horns just sound forced to me.
I’ll definitely listen to it a lot more. I may even end up loving the song, who knows. But my first impression is just so-so.
Edited to add: I was able to find a streaming version using SeeqPod. Not sure if the source blog is authorized to post it, so it might get pulled at some point. But for now it seems to be working: