Vol. 2: High and Inside
Label: Yep Roc Records
Ignoring sophomore-slump rumors, the jangle-pop supergroup lead off their second old-timers' game with a eulogy for Mark "The Bird" Fidrych and the '70s that'll leave aging Detroiters crying in their flat Tiger Stadium beer. Three songs later, pinch-hitter Craig Finn slams out a Twins tribute that out-talks his entire previous Hold Steady album. Plus: Italianate melodrama for Tony Conigliaro, surf-pop for Ichiro Suzuki, mid-'60s Dylanisms for Reggie Jackson, old nicknames and scandals galore, and, finally, gloom for Carl Mays, the only big-leaguer ever to kill a batter with a pitch.