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As usual, Brian Fallon and Co. don't disappoint.

After developing a decent following on the back of their outstanding debut "Sink or Swim", The Gaslight Anthem avoided a sophomore slump by releasing one of the great album's of the last ten years with 2008's "The '59 Sound". After following "The '59 Sound" with another very strong effort in "American Slang" it was starting to feel like the Gaslight boys were due to let us down. Not that we were doubting them, but there have been very few bands in the history of rock n' roll that have consistently been able to live up to fans expectations and release great album after great album. Well, with "Handwritten" not only do the Gaslight Anthem not disappoint, they've developed their sound even further and taken it to new levels. On the album you'll find plenty of those recognizable fast paced, guitar driven, high energy songs that TGA have become known for. Songs like "45", "Handwritten", and "Biloxi Parish" would fit right in on any of the The Gaslight Anthem's previous releases with their driving guitars and shout-along choruses. Other highlights include the very Tom Petty-ish "Here Comes My Man" with it's insanely catching "Oh Sha-la-la" chorus, and haunting "Too Much Blood". The real center piece of this album though is the brilliant "Mae". If there is one shining example of progress on this album, it has to be "Mae". Singer Brian Fallon manages to pack the song full of emotion, while jangling guitars and pounding drums lift the song to new heights previously unheard on any of the Gaslight's ballads. All in all, this is an album that will please both longtime fans and new listeners giving the Gaslight Anthem a try for the first time.

Gaslight's Done It Again!

Waiting for this album's release date was torture to begin with and with only '45' to inform us eager listeners as to what the album actually sounds like was quite a tease. Sure, '45' is a fantastic song but it doesn't do justice reflecting 'Handwritten' as a whole. All I can say is that the blues streak that has been tucked away in the fantastically written songs of this album is a nice touch. Not quite as rock as their previous album, 'American Slang' but it's certainly got the rock element in it. The Gaslight Anthem has done it again and I'm sure any and all listeners of them will not be disappointed in the slightest bit!


Great album, no bad songs and several amazing ones, still listening to it almost nonstop. Favorites so far are "45" (though I'm listening to it less since I've been rocking it for weeks), Handwritten, Here Comes My Man, Howl and Mae. To early to say for sure if I'll like the album more than '59 Sound or American Slang, but it's a good possibility. My only criticism (a mild one) is that most of the songs are in the same key signature, B flat major/G minor, which lends a bit of a sameness to several of them. Maybe who isn't a musician and/or doesn't have perfect pitch wouldn't notice or care about this, though. On the whole I still strongly recommend it whether you're a TGA fan yet or not.


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 attracted...
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