Artist: The Gaslight Anthem

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Catalog: 1694102
Genre: Rock/Pop
Released: 07/24/2012
UPC: 602537040070

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Artist: The Gaslight Anthem
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1. "45"
2. Handwritten
3. Here Comes My Man
4. Mulholland Drive
5. Keepsake
6. Too Much Blood
7. Howl
8. Biloxi Parish
9. Desire
10. Mae
11. National Anthem

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HANDWRITTEN, The Gaslight Anthem s first album on Mercury Records, was produced by two-time Grammy Award winner Brendan O Brien, known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Incubus, and many others. Prior to HANDWRITTEN, The Gaslight Anthem released three full-length indie albums to date, Sink Or Swim, The 59 Sound and American Slang. With tons of critical raves, The Gaslight Anthem has won strong and loyal followings across the U.S., Japan, and especially in the UK.


By The Constant Listener

I'm new to the Gaslight Anthem. At first listen their new album sounded to me like average rock music with cliché rock lyrics, sung by a passionate, standout rock front man. But between the first listen and the second listen I found myself thinking about what I'd heard, that little snippets were stuck in my mind (a "whoa oh" here, an "oh sha la la" there), and that for some reason I wanted to hear it all again.

At second listen I found that even if (and "if" being the key word) my earlier criticisms were correct, maybe it didn't matter all that much. This is a catchy, driving, relatively unsophisticated, yet easily likeable rock and roll album. These guys get compared to Springsteen a lot. I'd say well, yes, I see that - but if they have to be compared to famous fellow Jersey boys then I feel they're a little more like a scrappier, punkier Bon Jovi than Springsteen.

Notice the three different guitar approaches that open "45," the ear-tattooing guitar work on the last thirty seconds of "Mulholland Drive," the throat shredding vocal accents on "Too Much Blood," the mellow beauty of album closer "National Anthem" - all of these and many more memorable moments contribute to an overall impression that because they've clearly got heart, although these guys may not end up on the cover of Time, their music is certainly worth your time.