Craig Finn's spoken vocals are a barrier to entry, but the Hold Steady's first two albums literally contain the beginning of the story. These deluxe editions have enough strong extras to warrant a look.
Craig Finn: “When we started the Hold Steady, I was gazing back 15 years before that to when I was 20 or younger. Now, 15 years later, I’m looking back on being 30 and older, which is when I moved to New York.”
While the Hold Steady's catalog has consisted of detailed character sketches and scenarios extolling the virtues of indulging the devil whispering in your ear, Teeth Dreams deals with the demons left in the wake.