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American Slang

The Gaslight Anthem

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Album Review

With their hearts on their sleeves and their feet planted firmly in the garden state, the Gaslight Anthem’s third album, American Slang, plays out like an offering to Springsteen, the patron saint of heartland rock. The feeling on this album is considerably more relaxed. All of the punk rock tension and urgency have been replaced by a more patient and heartfelt mood. This change of pace really gives the listener the ability to sit back and take in the scenery on their musical Rust Belt road trip, making for a more moody, understated experience. There are still a few uptempo rockers on the album, with “Stay Lucky” and “The Spirit of Jazz” bringing back some of the speed that old fans might be used to. The rest of the album works in more of a midtempo space, giving singer Brian Fallon’s weathered voice room to work, allowing him to really dig in and make the best use of the laid-back melody on “Bring It On” and the spaciousness of “We Did It When We Were Young.” The prevailing feeling throughout this album is that American Slang represents a more mature sound from the Gaslight Anthem, showing us a band that has grown up enough to start attempting to fill the shoes of their influences.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely great.

This album is a real progression from their earlier stuff along with the usual things that make us love The Gaslight Anthem.

The variety of music is great - it's got your rockers, your fast paced punk songs, and the emotional and heartfelt soulful songs as well.

Pretty much anyone who's into good music will enjoy this.

American Slang

I was very pleseantly surprise by The Gaslight Anthem "American Slang" that I also sneaked a listen to "The '59 Sound". Both albums have great sound with The '59 Sound being more gritty than American Slang, love the storytelling in Brian Fallon's lyrics. American Slang is must-have album!

Biography

Formed: 2005 in New Brunswick, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Gaslight Anthem rose out of the fertile punk scene of New Brunswick, New Jersey, flaunting a unique style that melded the influence of Bruce Springsteen, Wilson Pickett, and various Motown groups with the rough, emotional grit of Hot Water Music and Jawbreaker. The band — comprised of vocalist/guitarist Brian Fallon, bassist Alex Levine, drummer Benny Horowitz, and guitarist Alex Rosamilia — began establishing a hometown audience after forming in 2005, and their soulful punk rock...
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