The '59 Sound
was an iconic album for a lot of people; its punk songs about the heartland earned the band a extremely loyal following. The Gaslight Anthem's next record, American Slang
, came with a larger label (Mercury) and showed evidence that the band was moving towards a more mainstream sound. Earlier this year, we got our first taste of Handwritten
, Gaslight's fourth album. "45" was the single released long before the rest that assured loyalists and casual listeners alike that The Gaslight Anthem hadn't changed. Their sound has grown toward a more classic rock direction, but it still resembled the anthems the band's known for. If they had put any other song forward, there would be more concern -- "45" is perhaps the only the truly old-school Gaslight song on the entire record.