The Gaslight Anthem: The ’59 Sound [Album Review]

The Gaslight Anthem
The ’59 Sound
SideOneDummy Records [2008]

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The ’59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem is the type of album you’ve been waiting for all year long. The New Jersey band’s sophomore release is filled with tracks that blend Springsteen’s storytelling prowess with the spirit of The Replacements, and it doesn’t hold anything back. It’s the raw, bar-band quality that makes The Gaslight Anthem so appealing, offering an infectious style of punk rock.

Whether lead singer Brian Fallon cranks up the volume on the title track or delivers a ballad like “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues,” The ’59 Sound feels complete, heartfelt, and showcases a 100% effort. For me, this 42-minute album is a rock bliss, and even Dicky Barrett, the lead singer of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, makes an appearance, belting out the chorus on “The Patient Ferris Wheel.” The Gaslight Anthem has released a memorable record in 2008, with its unique perfection and catchy qualities. This Jersey band should gain some well-deserved recognition and momentum after the release of The ’59 Sound next week. So consider this your warning: it’s time to get on board now!

“Old White Lincoln” / “Miles Davis & The Cool” / “The ’59 Sound”

The Hold Steady / Bruce Springsteen / The National

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