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Two years after their last record release, the New Jersey Gaslight Anthem rocker are back....two years after that "59 sound" that created them as "the best new group you' gonna hear in 2008," says Kerrang. After the release of this record there was an escalation of the hits until they shared the stage with boss Bruce Springsteen personally, who described them as one of the best new bands to vote "59 Sounds" number 79 in the ranking of the best albums of all time.
All these connections with the boss don't end here alone, but have their focus in the music: The singer of the group Brian Fallon lived a few houses further than Springsteen and his way of composing and making music certainly felt the influence his former neighbour had on him.
It' no coincidence that I called the Gaslight Anthem "Rocker" at the beginning of the review, because punk is only one of the "colours" that make up the soundtrack. Of course there are tracks from Springsteen, Social Distortion and Clash in their music, but also from Cure and from classic rock with stars and stripes...this peculiarity is strongly reflected in this new record, which slightly weakens the punk side and emphasizes the rock and melody side with memorable melodies like "The spiritual of jazz", a track that your fellow citizen Bon Jovi would have written if he had taken some more amphetamine, thrown out the keyboarder and not aged.
GA's Rock is therefore very geographical, he suffers a lot from the "New Jersey Sound" and that can only go well, this record is indeed another step in the career of a group that will certainly take many more steps, now one of you is going in their direction if you haven't done it yet.