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The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

Posted by Amy Park on July 12, 2010 at 3:52 PM

What a fantastic album! They have excelled themselves with an array of lyrically captivating punk rock songs.  With catchy beats and sing-a-long anthem like lyrics, American Slang is a rock album for the new decade.  It nods nicely to the rock and punk rock songs of the past 30 years with the influence of Bruce Springsteen shining through along with a helpful dose of The Clash and The Smiths and a smattering of R&B.  Wearing their influences on their sleeve they produce a much wider, dynamic, vehement and diverse collection of songs which allows for Brian Fallon's weary voice to really show what it can do.


The album begins with, Amercian Slang, released back in March, and so begins the storytelling lyrics, with tales of faded dreams and ephemeral youth that runs throughout. Stay Lucky follows and with the lyrics, "Like when you were young, and everybody used to call you lucky", it pretty much sums up a faded youth. Bring It On and The Diamond Church Street Choir follow then The Queen of Lower Chelsea.  Although the songs pay tribute to the streets of New York where The Gaslight Anthem now live you get the sense that you could be anywhere in those songs.  The catchy  Orphans and the punchy start to Boxer moves to the lamentable striking beats of Old Haunts where the story tells of "old haunts are all we've ever known" and suggests an almost mournful tribute to the past whilst asking or hoping for something new.  The Spirit of Jazz and We Did It When We Were Young end the album with the storytelling lyrics of  tales of those faded dreams and lost youth that the entire album evokes.  The iTunes album contains an extra song called, She Loves You.


It is a rock album almost purpose built for stadiums and is meant to be listened to the old fashioned way, while driving or on your own whilst playing air guitar and jumpling around.  Already named album of the month in Uncut and Rock Sound and it lives up to it's high status without a doubt.  Well worth a listen (and then 20 more).



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2 Comments

Reply lebell
6:01 PM on July 18, 2010 
Would like to listen to this, sounds really good.
Reply Amy Park
3:30 PM on August 26, 2010 
Hiya, let me know what you think of the album.