Almost Killed Me

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Almost Killed Me
The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me cover.jpg
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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[3]
NME 7/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
Uncut 4/5 stars[7]

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. It's concept album roots are further explored with the recurring characters in Separation Sunday, the Hold Steady's second album, which uses the same characters introduced in Almost Killed Me. Almost Killed Me was ranked number 99 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Best Albums of the Decade.[8]

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. ^ "Reviews for Almost Killed Me by The Hold Steady". Metacritic. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Hopkin, Kenyon. "Almost Killed Me – The Hold Steady". AllMusic. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ Hayward, Daniel (September 17, 2004). "Album Review: The Hold Steady – Almost Killed Me". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ Jam, James (May 23, 2007). "The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me / Separation Sunday". NME. 
  5. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (March 24, 2004). "The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me". Rolling Stone: 86. June 10, 2004. 
  7. ^ Empire, Kitty (June 2007). "The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me / Separation Sunday". Uncut (121): 110. 
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Albums of the decade". 09-12-2009. Retrieved 05-04-2009.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)