An average, half arsed album isn’t something The Gaslight Anthem seems to know much about. Get Hurt is a glorifying victory for the New Jersey boys. This is the bands attempt to escape from that borrowed Springsteen sound, that they’re probably sick of everyone mentioning. Although still undeniably The Gaslight Anthem, there’s a sense of departure that sets Get Hurt aside to previous triumphs. As for the album cover, we’ll just have to try to overlook the horrendously tacky upside down bum heart.
Single and opener Stay Vicious is a guilty pleasure with plenty of guitar solos and undoubtedly suitable for the masses. 1,000 Years and Get Hurt offer something of more substance, both with themes of romance for the lonely kid at the party. The Gaslight Anthems decision to work with producer Mike Crossey (Artic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Foals) appears to have brought a pop element to the mix which brings them further away from The ’59 Sound.
Heart-warming Helter Skeleton bursts into polished vocals and guitars building
to a climax, what The Gaslight Anthem do best. The album slips through brilliance and gets a little lost in the middle before returning to greatness with Selected Poems. Slow and sincere Break Your Heart is simple yet captivating with soft vocals from Fallon.
Lastly Dark Places, which continues with emotional build ups, strong vocals, melodic guitars and promises a good live show.
Inspired by Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam’s No Code album, the band creates another great album to add to the pile and distances themselves from former releases. Although, we wouldn’t say no to a revival of retro The ’59 Sound for the next album? All in all, The Gaslight Anthem have established and well deserve their place in rock music with custom built songs for the broken hearted.
Words > Sarah Stevens.
See The Gaslight Anthem in November:
17th & 18th Manchester Apollo
19th London Alexandra Palace
21st Edinburgh Corn Exchange
22nd Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
23rd Birmingham Academy