American Slang [CD]
- Artist: The Gaslight Anthem
- SKU: 9948602
- Release Date: 06/15/2010
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The Definitive Gaslight Anthem SoundJanuary 25, 2015
Having listened to this band's output in chronological order--"Sink or Swim" followed by "The '59 Sound" followed by "American Slang"--I finally feel like I've heard the true heart and soul of the Gaslight Anthem. It's been a slow progression from the Springsteen/Social D clones that appeared on "Sink or Swim," and while the journey, at least for me, has been less than enjoyable, it feels good to see this band emerge with an album that both feels and sounds distinctly theirs. Sure, there are a few hints of their Springsteen-influenced songwriting, most noticeably on "The Diamond Church Street Choir" and "Old Haunts," but the rest of the album takes on a life of its own. Without a doubt, the stand-out track on this record is "The Spirit of Jazz." This is the first Gaslight Anthem song I ever heard, and it's my absolute favorite. If they could write and play all their songs with this much energy...wow, that would be an album truly worth hearing. Fortunately, there are other songs with enough strength to support the oh, so obvious lead single: "Boxer," "Stay Lucky," and the album's title track. The album ends on a quiet note with the nostalgiac, almost sad "We Did It When We Were Young," which comes across as a statement of growth for this young band from Jersey and really helps to round out the record. It helps to give shape to the overall statement of growth and reflection heard on "American Slang" and is a big leap forward for the band. I only hope their next album is at least as good as this.
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