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Review: The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

Reviewed by: Thomas Nassiff (Originally published by Absolutepunk.net, 07/09/12)

The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Record Label: Mercury Records

Score: 10/10

For the first time, I’m not scared that people aren’t going to like this record. I don’t care what Bruce or Eddie Vedder or any of my friends think of it. I don’t care. If you want to hang with us, you’ve got to grow with us. That’s the deal.

–Brian Fallon, in Rolling Stone

Well, damn. Who knows what exactly went down in Brian Fallon’s universe after the release of American Slang and then The Horrible Crowes’ Elsie, but whatever happened, we should be thankful for it. We should be thankful for Fallon’s new state of mind, this outlook that he finally no longer has to top himself – top The ’59 Sound, that is – and that he can just pour everything out into his music.

 

The ’59 Sound is one of those things I’m always chasing to make something as good as [again]. I’m also chasing to leave it alone because it’s perfect the way it is. It’s hard for a musician to realize that that was done already: You don’t need to write ’59 Sound because you already did. Now you have to find something that’s equally as good, but different.

– Brian Fallon, source

 

It’s pretty scary to think that albums as good as American Slang and Elsie might have been written while something held Fallon back in some intangible way; it’s spine-tingling to think of what could happen if that mental block was suddenly removed. Fallon poured himself out into a notebook, scribbling new lyrics, writing new melodies…and what do you know – Handwritten is spine-tingling, indeed.

Read the rest of Thomas’ review here!

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