The '59 Sound is one of those records. Well, this album left me pretty speechless. In my opinion, the best band ever. I haven't been blown away by a newer band in a long, long time, and the ones that I have put a lot of faith in have, in most cases, either delved into idiosyntric styles or disappointed. Like others, I won't get into a song by song breakdown as my attention span is limited, and this is an album that should be listened to from start to finish. This one certainly gave us great expectations of this New Jersey mob.
Even so, 'Wooderson' was a stomping, ballsy sign of even better things to come. In this month's , we've tell you everything you need to know about The Gaslight Anthem. For quite a bit of the 1990's, you would mention Bruce and would recieve Courtney Cox type responses, which was unfair and a little disrespectful of the man's contributions to popular music. . First, let's look at the similarities--there's definitely a similar song structure, songs about beautiful losers, and lots of girls named Mary. Brian Fallon and his bandmates have crafted what I consider to be the perfect album. Hope you like : Hey! Gaslight Anthem does the same thing.
Dickens' best works combined desperation and hope that left the reader satisfied. These guys deserve to by everywhere. Every note, every word, every song is played to perfection and composed so beautifully that you can't help but be pulled into its world of broken hearts, classic cars, Southern accents, and New Jersey atmosphere. After one listen I knew I was a fan for life and The Gaslight Anthem is now one of my favorite bands. Their music is so powerful and honest, not to mention smartly written and well played. Do yourself a favor and give it a spin.
They're probably more right than we are. More importantly, the dancing at 1:15 and 1:53 is phenomenal. Personally, I love the Springsteen-ian Rennaisance of the last 10 years, as many younger acts have come forward who are unafraid to claim him as a primary influence on their work. On the other hand, this resurgence of popularity has, at times, tended to bring forth bands and artists who claim him as an influence, but sometimes it seemed as though they were namechecking. These records are rare but every once in a while they sneak up and surprise you in the most joyous and life-affirming way possible. How do I take it off? In a world of pop, The Gaslight Anthem is my saving grace.
Gaslight Anthem has, justifiably, been criticized for backing up their U-Haul to Bruce Springsteen's house and taking everything that wasn't nailed down. They sing about loss without being bitter, about heartbreak without being angry. Those dancers aren't like any Gaslight crowd we've ever seen, mind. It's refreshing to hear a band wear its influences on its sleeve, and still be more than a bland copy. I simply can't find anything that I would change or tweak; it all flows seamlessly in one complete package. Note: I added some extra songs that are not by The Gaslight Anthem or The Horrible Crowes, but they're great covers, so I had to add them.
This album is sheer perfection on every level. There's some irony in there somewhere. So early in fact, we had to find that we had to find this live performance to show you. I haven't been the same since and that's the best compliment I can give any piece of work. Who would have thought that an American rock outfit would drop Dickens references into it's lyrics? A lot of other people's favourite part of 'American Slang' is 'Boxer'. I accidentally added a Hawk Nelson song. This album takes me back to those snow-swept streets and brisk January air.
You have a chance to change that right now. But here's where things get different--there's no 'big' sound, a la The E Street Band, but rather a muscular hard rock-Americana hybrid that's mostly comprised of the good old bar band staple of two guitars, bass, and drums. Please tell me if you think I missed any songs, and I'll look 'em up and see what I can do. However, while their music does indeed echo the Boss in more ways than one, the Gaslight Anthem is much more than that. In many ways, that's fitting. We approve of this clip of Brian Fallon being soulful and brooding. It may very well work the same magic for you that it did for me on that snowy drive when I first heard it.
I want you to tell all your friends about The Gaslight Anthem. Come on, just think of all they've done for you. If the Hold Steady are the saviors of socially-conscious hard-party literate rock, then Gaslight Anthem could very well be the saviors of Blue Collar Americana. But if you haven't picked it up quite yet, here's a brief introduction to New Jersey's finest. .
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