Gaslight Anthem – ‘American Slang’ First Listen & Heroes’ Review

An unwavering look in the eye.  This is affirmative and sober storytelling spoken from the perspective of small town America.   The soulful and grit of John Fogarty, the underlying joy and honesty of Bryan Adams and lastly, the slightly bruised swagger of “The Boss.”

From NPR: The true test of a Gaslight Anthem album can’t — or at least shouldn’t — take place while the listener is staring at a computer screen. The New Jersey-based band makes music for car stereos, plain and simple; its timeless, barreling rock ‘n’ roll anthems are all about conflating simple tropes (Saturday night, the open road) with disarmingly wise observations on life, death and youth. It’s hardly a surprise that Bruce Springsteen has joined The Gaslight Anthem on stage, just as it’s hardly a surprise that footage of the collaboration depicts singer Brian Fallon looking as if his heart is about to explode in a trillion joyful pieces.

Gaslight Anthem – I Do Not Hook Up (Kelly Clarkson)

Beneath the big, galloping fun of American Slang lies a unifying theme about the fleeting nature of youth. “Everybody used to call you Lucky when you were young,” Fallon sings in the magnificent “Stay Lucky,” taking all of 10 words to sum up a lifetime of compromise and faded hope. American Slang keeps coming back to lost vitality; the album might as well have been titled Hey, Remember When You Were Young? Yeah, That Was a While Ago. As such, it’s a perfect companion for those who might be on the verge of, say, their 20th high-school reunion this summer. If you are, it’ll give you a perfect excuse to rent a muscle car for the occasion, blast these bold anthems of ambivalence in the parking lot, and revel in what little youth you’ve got left. From NPR.ORG

American Slang will stream here in its entirety until its release on June 15.

More Band Info and the making of ‘American Slang’ in 5 easy parts:

~ by castleqwayr on June 7, 2010.

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