I can understand anyone who fell off with Craig Finn around the time The Hold Steady discovered the rock and roll powers of Kenny G, but know this: If you haven’t been keeping up with the guy, you’ve likely missed one of his best narrative songs to date.
“God in Chicago” is the centerpiece of Finn’s third (and probably best) solo album, We All Want the Same Things. The song recaptures the kind of short story, small-lives storytelling that gave life (and, occasionally, deep goofiness) to the the Hold Steady’s bar-rock anthems. Listening to it feels like reading a chapter from the latest edition of The Best American Fiction Writing. If the lilting piano doesn’t make you want to sit inside and call your mom, the tiny non-tragedy of the story’s two main characters will.