The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang Review

American Slang

When your last album gained as much praise as The Gaslight Anthem’s The ’59 Sound did, recording a follow-up is going to be difficult.

You’re constantly going to be questioning yourself and your abilities and debating with yourself whether to stick with a winning formula or try something new.

Luckily enough, The Gaslight Anthem have made a follow-up which, in my opinion, eclipses their previous album.

American Slang keeps what made The ’59 Sound so great, but adds more modern elements to the bands sound.

The great lyrics and sing-along choruses are still intact, but the guitars are much better and there are a few different influences in the mix. Also, the production sounds better that the last album, everything feels bigger, whereas the last album things sounded more closed in. The guitars have more room to breathe and resonate and Fallon’s voice sounds superb.

This album couldn’t have been released at a more opportune moment, right at the beginning of summer. I know my summer 2010 will be punctuated by the fantastic music of American Slang and singer Brian Fallon’s masterful storytelling.

If you are looking for a great punky rock album, look no further than American Slang, 35 minutes of excellence.

10/10

Highlights: American Slang, Stay Lucky, Boxer, Old Haunts

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