The Gaslight Anthem "American Slang" CD


With ‘American Slang’, The Gaslight Anthem makes an extraordinary leap forward towards that very goal. The New Jersey-based band’s third long player reveals a remarkably powerful rock ‘n’ roll outfit honed by two years of nearly non-stop touring. Singer/guitarist Fallon’s passionate lyrical approach has grown more personal and introspective, his raw throated vocals stronger and more resonant against the band’s pulse-pounding dynamic force. Songs like ‘Bring It On’, ‘Orphans’ and the rousing title track bristle and burn with the spirit of soul, the energy of punk, and the artistic ambition of any hall of famer you’d care to name. ‘American Slang’ is the battle cry of a great band finding its own voice. The Gaslight Anthem exploded out of the New Brunswick, NJ punk underground with 2007’s debut, ‘Sink Or Swim’ (Resist Records through Shock). The ‘Señor And The Queen’ EP (Resist Records through Shock) EP followed in early 2008, its ambition foreshadowing the band’s stunning SideOneDummy Records/ Shock debut, ‘The ’59 Sound’. With its melding of classic rock, soul and punk power, the album proved an immediate critical and popular sensation, with The New York Times praising the “rich, lustrous songwriting” and “taut punk arrangements,” noting that Fallon’s “casually observed storytelling, overflowing with detail, seethes with a cool desperation reminiscent of Mr. Springsteen in the late ’70s.” ’The ’59 Sound’ was equally popular in the UK, Europe and Australia, with the hype building to ’American Slang’ huge. The band toured Australia right upon the album release in August 2008 to a real ”I was there on their first tour” feeling in the crowd, with fans knowing they were onto something quite early in a band’s career.

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