Heaven Is Whenever

Vagrant Records (US)
Release date
4 May 2010
Running length
10 tracks
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1 The Sweet Part Of The City 4:24 29,474
2 Soft In The Center 3:51 24,675
3 The Weekenders 3:48 34,433
4 The Smidge 3:22 21,379
5 Rock Problems 3:32 21,840
6 We Can Get Together 4:29 21,259
7 Hurricane J 3:03 25,238
8 Barely Breathing 3:37 20,151
9 Our Whole Lives 4:01 18,439
10 A Slight Discomfort 7:15 17,022

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According to Songfacts, The album title comes from a line, “Heaven is whenever we can get together” on We Can Get Together Craig Finn explained: “I think it has to do with the way that love can help us rise above our modern struggles. It also speaks to how I feel about our shows, the communal aspect of the audience and perform.”

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  • Red_Baron45

    Hmm.....I think this one's gonna have to grow on me. I don't like Craig vocals here.

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • supressinginfo

    Disappointed as first but it's grown on me!

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ACA1985

    Live review including setlist and photos of The Hold Steady and Naked Hearts at Mojo 13 in Wilmington, Delaware, on October 9, 2010 ---- http://intunemusiconline.com/2010/10/09/the-hold-steady-naked-hearts-wilmington-1092010/

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • sweetsar87

    I'm going to their show when they come to columbus, oh!(;

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
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    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • sonicdork

    I wasn't that big of a fan of this album during the first listen..... but it has definitely grown on me. It isn't as immediate as Boys And Girls was with me, but I dig it.

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • KillerRiff

    I'm rooting for these guys, but to me, they peaked with "Hoodrat" through the epic "Boys and Girls in America." I miss Franz's keys.

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • Ghostface187

    As far as I'm concerned, Separation Sunday will likely always remain their best work, followed closely by Boys and Girls in America.

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • Ghostface187

    Huge disappointment. Listened to it once, and no real desire to hear it again. Will give it a couple more spins, but I doubt that'll change anything.

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • cav0909

    Yeah prob the weakest of their albums.....but still great! They need something along the lines of cattle and the creeping things in the middle of it and it just wasnt coming.... Like i said still a good album!

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • Boosh1988

    So does this make me the only Hold Steady fan in existence who would rate Almost Killed Me at the bottom of the pile? Not to say its a bad record, because its absolutely amazing, in fact even using it in the same sentence as derogatory qualifiers is almost a crime... I just think other albums shade it for whatever reason.

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • kleptocephalus

    Boys & Girls and Almost Killed Me are my favorites, but I'm positive that this album is my #3.

    12 May 2010 Reply
  • Nasum2

    meh, every album seems to stray further and further from what made them great...

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • DackAttac

    I thought I'd *really* miss Franz to the point where no record would really ever hit the spot again, but the songwriting is as brilliant as ever and like Craig said, the lack of prominent keys gives the album a more spacious feel; that kind of comfort from Separation Sunday. I went from "Well, they had a good run" to "This is a band at some kind of zenith" in one listen.

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • jackruss

    great album, I like it better than stay positive

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • Last_On_Bleach

    Different is not worse, I LOVE this record

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • kleptocephalus

    Weakest Hold Steady album, but I'm addicted to it, regardless.

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • yesanotheranime

    Bought it today on vinyl!

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • ThisManWhisky

    I'm onto the second listen, sounds epic already. They do sound a bit more classic rock and Craig is singing more now than speaking his lyrics. All good stuff.

    3 May 2010 Reply
  • nigel_vs_shark

    Goddamn cat avatars...

    2 May 2010 Reply
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