Sound — 10
New Jersey's new and upcoming rock legends (At the way their going), The Gaslight Anthem, release album number 3. TGA's sound is quite recognizable, what with 'the Bruce Springsteen sound' but anyone who writes them off as that misses out. A beautiful, seductive orchestra is what I would compare TGA to: From Brian Fallon's rough yet echoing voice, to Benny Horowitz's drumming which still has that jazz/blues/folk/styles but its much more defined. Same goes to guitarist Alex Rosamilia and bassist Alex Levine.
Lyrics — 9
The band have put together a heart-warming album each 10 songs has it's strong lyrics, dealing with; depression, loneliness ("The Queen Of Lower Chelsea") love, breakups,("American Slang, Bring It On.") innocence, the idea of youth and growing old,("Star Lucky", "When We Were Young") and everyday struggle to survive. ("Boxer.") If you've heard the previous two outings; 07's "Sink Or Swim' and 08's "The 59' Sound" then you'll be very familiar with what the band are about. If you're just getting into them, then this is the perfect place to start. If you're a fan you will love this.
Overall Impression — 9
However, they may never top The 59' Sound, American Slang is still a fantastic album. Stand out tracks: Star Lucky. Orphans. The Queen Of Lower Chelsea. American Slang. When We Were Young. Perhaps it will be more of the same for The Gaslight Anthem on album number 4, but for now this is brilliant. Quick side note: They sound great on album and even better live!