Album Review: The Gaslight Anthem
  • FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

  • Posted by: Zoe Marquedant

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.
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