"What does this mean for this band moving forward...especially when you have songs this good."
"A shockingly fun return-to-form collection of sad-sack storytelling."
"The total effect of Thrashing Thru The Passion is that of The Hold Steady at their most casual and confident, tossing off these songs that would be tour de forces for anyone else as if they have a bushelful of them just hanging around the studio."
"A loose, welcome return."
"They've never been so streamlined and Craig Finn hasn't been so funny in years."
"It seems their new approach to band life is yielding some pretty great results...reminds you of the band's glory days...It's the shortest album they've ever written, and it zips by with no filler."
"You don't listen to Hold Steady albums, you live in them. On their seventh album they further cement their punk poet laureate credentials.
-The Guardian (4 stars)