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The '59 Sound

The Gaslight Anthem

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For all their nods to things vintage (the record’s title, previous album artwork, the sound of a needle dropping on vinyl at the beginning of “Great Expectations,” etc.), New Jersey’s Gaslight Anthem have a clearly contemporary sound. Where peer bands like Nothington and Against Me have slightly punkier sounds, Gaslight Anthem walk the middle of the road, comfortably, in high-top sneakers, with straight-ahead drum pummeling and guitars that riff and clang but never really rage or scowl. Their songs have passion and punch, and the stories are told in lustrous detail with a kind of scrappy bravado. The title track starts things off with a high-energy outburst, guitars somewhere between Joe Strummer and Tom Petty, Brian Fallon’s raspy voice bidding farewell (in a well-worn American pop tradition) to a sweetheart dying in a car crash ... yes, on a Saturday night. Sounds cliché, but it works. Throughout, a traditional, pop soulfulness pulsates, as if the Gaslight guys somehow grew up listening to 1960’s AM radio, where the Box Tops would brilliantly seque into Sam Cook.  The ’59 Sound is a great soundtrack to a late summer night, or for cruising a highway without a destination; its confessional tones of uncertainty, yearning, and youth is deeply satisfying.

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Imagine this...'s the last few days of summer vacation and you're reflecting on everything that's happened over the course of what you deem a 'meager' humid summer. The girl that got away, loss of a loved one, spending hours listening to good music, jamming/flipping/rocking out with your friends as you cruise around your neighborhood whistling at the ladies in those sweet short skirts and tight shirts...this album is the soundtrack to a summer that you realize was by far one of the best things that could have ever happened to you. Brian Fallon's voice echoes Springsteen, which is honestly NOT a bad thing. His lyrics backed by the music sounds as if he stole a notebook full of the Boss' b-sides which he deemed too punk rock. Now imagine the dude transposed these lyrics by mixing in some Bouncing Souls or the Draft style music, slowing it down ever so slightly to make it sound as if this was written when, according to your parents, music 'actually meant something.' What you have is an album that can completely entrance you, make you feel as if you were in the 50s, hanging out at some drive-in diner wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt, your hair slicked back, smoking a cigarette and appearing as if you were james dean. People, this is a solid album that you can sing along to whether your down and out or bouncing off walls. You need this album. SING IT/PLAY IT LOUD!!!

A punk-rock classic

Remember the good old days? You know, the ones where Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie ruled the airwaves and large, American cars were still cool. Of course you don't, you're a 20-something like me, which means that whenGhostbusters came out, you were in diapers. The Gaslight Anthem want to take you back to that magical time with their new album, "The '59 Sound." It combines punk rock with verySpringsteenesque vocal and lyrical qualities and it makes for one of the most compelling punk-rock albums in a LONG time. Singer Brian Fallon's gruff voice delivers stories of blue collar, middle-class American struggles while the band pounds out guitar and drum riffs, making the whole experience seem earnest and heartfelt. Fallon certainly isn't the first to sing about broken families, old cars, and the need to leave small towns, but he uses vivid imagery and a few borrowed lyrics (Counting Crows, Paul Simon) to separate himself from his peers. It doesn't always work, and you might get tired of hearing songs about Bobby Jean, Sally, and Maria (and about a dozen other girls) by the end of the album, but for a young songwriter it's a remarkable effort. The weakness and the strength of "The '59 Sound" is its consistency. There's not a weak song on the album, but there's also not a lot of variation either. The production is similar throughout the album (including the reverb on the vocals), and the pace is fairly constant as well, which can be tiring by the end of the album. Also, the song structures are all the basic ABABCB style. This makes the few stylistic departures some of the album highlights, especially the fantastic "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues." All-in-all, a rock 'n' roll album that deserves the praise it is likely to recieve. Who knew that punk could sound so...classic? Favorite Tracks: Great Expectations, Miles Davis & The Cool, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

A Modern Masterpiece

If you are going to buy any album this week, it should be The '59 Sound. The '59 Sound will be your best purchase of the year. Easily. Gaslight is the Punk Rock E-Street Band. Lyrics that will bring a tear and a smile on top of riffs that make you sing along is what this album is all about. The band starts things off with Great Expectations that sets the mood for the rest of the album, themes of love, loss, regret, triumph, and the power of the radio. Guitar Anthems like High Lonesome and Patient Ferris Wheel pepper throughout and the album comes to the cinematic ending with "Here's Looking at You, Kid" as a somber call out to past loves which leads perfectly to the albums best song "The Backseat." Backseat will blare from your stereo at the highest volume possible with its guitar hero worthy sound and lyrics that have all who hear it visualizing driving a car with dreams of just continuing to drive.


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, NJ, 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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