Clear Heart Full Eyes
|Clear Heart Full Eyes|
|Studio album by Craig Finn|
|Released||January 24, 2012|
|Recorded||July 2011 at The Mansion, Austin, TX|
|Genre||Indie rock, country|
|Label||Full Time Hobby|
|The A.V. Club||B+|
|Tiny Mix Tapes|||
Clear Heart Full Eyes is the debut solo album by The Hold Steady vocalist and guitarist Craig Finn, released on January 24, 2012 on Full Time Hobby. Produced by Mike McCarthy, the album was recorded during a five-month break from The Hold Steady, with Finn noting, "I wanted to do something with a little more storytelling and a lot less volume." Upon release, the album debuted at #89 in the US.
Writing and composition
Regarding his character-based lyrics and use of specific locations in his work, Finn noted, "I think it’s a whole different world [than that of The Hold Steady], the songs seem like vignettes that are a little separate from each other. But at the same time, I can’t help... "The Wagon Wheel" comes up twice on the record, and that’s a fictitious bar I’m thinking of, and that happens in two different songs. So somehow, I still am attracted to creating these worlds, but I don’t see the characters on the solo record interacting as much."
- "Apollo Bay" 5:46
- "When No One's Watching" 3:46
- "No Future" 3:44
- "New Friend Jesus" 3:10
- "Jackson" 3:18
- "Terrified Eyes" 4:47
- "Western Pier" 3:52
- "Honolulu Blues" 4:15
- "Rented Room" 4:36
- "Balcony" 3:13
- "Not Much Left Of Us" 4:12
- Craig Finn - vocals, guitar
- Josh Block - drums, percussion
- Jesse Ebaugh - bass guitar, upright bass, bass six, organ
- Ricky Ray Jackson - guitars, pedal steel
- Billy White - guitars, bass six
- Catherine Davis - piano, organ, keyboards
- Katie Holmes - fiddle
- Hope Irish - backing vocals
- Will Johnson - backing vocals
- Mike McCarthy - producer
- Jim Vollentine - additional engineering
- Matthew Smith - assistant engineer
- Greg Calbi - mastering
- Christian Helms - art direction, design
- Erick Montes - art direction, design
- Susan Helms - cover textile art
- Andrew Yates - photography
- Don Weir - photography
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