As an eight-year-old rock band, The Gaslight Anthem
may be experiencing a mid-life crisis. Their latest album, Get Hurt
delves the rock band into new territory with subtle changes to their usual pure-rock sound, and sadly emanates a very different, and much less unique vibe from any of their previous albums.
fatal flaw is that many of its tracks try so hard to radiate a current, alternative-rock sound that they become familiar and unmemorable. With dense guitar riffs and Brian Fallon's loud vocals, tracks "Helter Skeleton" and "Red Violins" aren't necessarily bad or boring, they just don't have any extra flare to make them unique or memorable. The same applies to "Underneath The Ground," which could as easily be a Kings of Leon single as it is a Gaslight Anthem song.
However, there are certainly a few gems hidden within the album. On "1,000 Years" Fallon's wonderfully raspy vocals sound as strong as ever, while the backing percussion frames his voice perfectly to create a simply irresistible rock track. "Rollin and Tumblin'," the first single that was released off the album, is a loud and heavy anthem whose incredibly fast pace is not only impressive, but deeply engaging and exciting.
burrows The Gaslight Anthem deep into a twisted limbo. While some tracks showcase the extraordinarily talented rock band that we know and love, many feel lost and separate from the bands roots. However, as soon as The Gaslight Anthem find their way out of this confusion, we will certainly be there waiting.
is due out August 12th on Island Records. Preorder your copy here
, and check out the video for below.