Almost Killed Me

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Almost Killed Me
Studio album by The Hold Steady
Released March 16, 2004
Genre Indie rock
Length 42:51
Label Frenchkiss
The Hold Steady chronology
Milkcrate Mosh/Hey Hey What Can I Do
(2004)
Almost Killed Me
(2004)
Separation Sunday
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[4]

Almost Killed Me is the debut studio album by Brooklyn-based rock band The Hold Steady, released on March 16, 2004 on Frenchkiss Records. It is considered by many to be a concept album, with several recurring themes such as near-death experiences, parties and the fictional character Charlemagne. Almost Killed Me was ranked number 99 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Best Albums of the Decade.[5]

While not a full-time member of the band at this time, future keyboard player Franz Nicolay makes a guest appearance on the album alongside The World/Inferno Friendship Society bandmate Peter Hess.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Positive Jam" (Craig Finn) - 3:19
  2. "The Swish" (Finn, Tad Kubler) - 4:11
  3. "Barfruit Blues" (Finn, Kubler) - 3:31
  4. "Most People Are DJs" (Finn, Kubler) - 5:50
  5. "Certain Songs" (Finn) - 3:54
  6. "Knuckles" (Finn) - 3:46
  7. "Hostile, Mass." (Finn, Kubler) - 3:42
  8. "Sketchy Metal" (Finn, Kubler) - 4:17
  9. "Sweet Payne" (Finn, Kubler) - 4:33
  10. "Killer Parties" (Finn, Kubler) - 5:48


Bonus tracks on Australian edition[edit]

  1. "Milkcrate Mosh" - 5:56
  2. "Hot Fries" - 3:37
  3. "Curves & Nerves" - 2:40
  4. "Modesto Is Not That Sweet" - 3:12
  5. "You Gotta Dance" - 2:00

References[edit]

  1. ^ Almost Killed Me at AllMusic
  2. ^ Drowned in Sound
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media
  4. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Albums of the decade". 09-12-2009. Retrieved 05-04-2009.