American Slang [+Digital Booklet]
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American Slang [+Digital Booklet]

June 15, 2010

  Song Title
American Slang
Stay Lucky
Bring It On
The Diamond Church Street Choir
The Queen Of Lower Chelsea
Old Haunts
The Spirit Of Jazz
We Did It When We Were Young
Digital Booklet: American Slang

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Label: Side One Dummy Records
  • Copyright: 2010 SideOneDummy Records
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  • Total Length: 34:13
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  • ASIN: B003PWH4JA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,471 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby, Bring It On June 18, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
It's hard to find quality Rock N' Roll nowadays, but if The Gaslight Anthem proved anything on their sophomore album, it was that it could still be done. Revisiting it again, it's still as classic and good as the day it came out. Mixing punk & rock influenced by Tom Petty & Bruce Springsteen, The Gaslight Anthem could have been happy in the sound they carved out for themselves. But no, The Gaslight Anthem instead drops most of the punk, and becomes a full on rock band. The results? As Brian Fallon sings at one point, "Who does it better than we do?"

Highlights Include:
American Slang
Bring It On
The Diamond Church Street Choir
The Queen of Lower Chelsea

The only thing that's changed for the band really is the music. They still can craft a great song with excellent lyrics, Brian Fallon can still burn out a note like it's nobody's business, and they can still crank out a memorable hook when needed for a song. So for the music, as Brian Fallon, they've moved away from the 59' inspired sound, and moved on along the rock timeline. This time, they've moved closer to their influences. I could honestly see/hear Bruce Springsteen singing half this album. It has his lyrical sense, it's grandiose feel, and his musical sensibilities. But, The Gaslight Anthem doesn't try to copy it, but rather, pay homage to it. The album is also a lot tighter sound-wise. While you had ballad-type songs, punk-type songs, and general rockers on their last album, it sticks mostly to the rockers. The closest the album gets to slowing down is "We Did It When We Were Young," but it's not as much slow, as it is emphasizing the vocals & the lyrics with a more minimalistic approach for most of the song.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite album of 2010 (so far) June 28, 2010
By M. Neil
Format:Audio CD
I've purchased some terrific albums this year: New Pornographers, Hold Steady, Drive By Truckers and more... But American Slang is start-to-finish the best I've heard all year. Do yourself a favor, check it out and get it. Amazing rock and roll.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! July 27, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've followed Gaslight Anthem since they were unknowns. Watched them play in all sorts of dives in the NY area. Next month I'm going to see them again, at Radio City!

I thought "The 59 Sound" was outstanding, this is actually better. I love every song. When a band I like comes out with an album I've been waiting for, I'm usually prepared to be disappointed. With this album, I'm just happy. Happy to see some normal guys from Jersey make an outstanding album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved The 59 Sound? You'll love American Slang July 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD
American Slang is a great record by a great band.
In no way is it disappointing at all when compared to The Gaslight Anthem's previous two albums.
American Slang has much in common with Sink or Swim and The 59 Sound; nothing dramatically different musically or lyrically. This is a good thing though, because The Gaslight Anthem really hit the spot with their style and are as close to perfect as they can get.

Maybe I haven't listened to American Slang enough, but the only non-positive comment I have about this album is that there are no songs that really stick out. I haven't found a single song that is just perfect on this album like Film Noir and Ida Called You Woody, Joe.

Overall, American Slang is a great album. I would definitely recommend it.
If American Slang was the first thing you heard from The Gaslight Anthem, I would definitely check out Sink or Swim and The 59 Sound, both slightly better albums I think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid follow up to The 59 Sound July 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was very impressed the first time I heard the Gaslight Anthem and their The 59 Sound album when it first came out. I had that album playing at least once a day for almost 2 months straight when I first bought it. It was just exciting to hear a fresh new rock and roll band that reminded me of great rock bands from the past, but in their own way kept it fresh and new. These guys are talented song writers and they didn't disappoint me with the new American Slang album. They seem like they have progressed on their song writing abilities while still taking some things here and there from their inspirations (Springsteen, The Clash). The lyrics have matured a little more too. This was definitely a step forward for this band as far as progressing their sound goes, but still keeping a lot of what I loved about the 59 sound. I think The 59 Sound was a little easier to grab a hold of quicker and a had some better choruses throughout the whole album, but that shouldn't take anything away from this album. It will keep you interested for awhile and brings a little something new to the Gaslight Anthem sound not to mention it has some pretty rocking songs on it. It's simple, if you enjoyed The 59 Sound you will surely like this album, if you have never heard these guys before, if you enjoy good old American Rock and Roll with hints of blues and punk chances are pretty good you will like these guys.

Personal favorites for me on this album: American Slang, The Diamond Church Street Choir, The Queen of Lower Chelsea, Orphans, and Boxer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best New Music I've Heard in a Long Time July 15, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'm really impressed with this effort from Gaslight Anthem. It's hard to discover good rock music nowadays but it feels good to know that I've found GA, and hopefully they'll be making quality music like this for a long time. I've listened to this CD more than 5 times and it just keeps getting better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars New favorite--completely obsessed
I've had this for about a month now, and if I go a day without listening to it, I swear, I have withdrawals. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Bookwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album!
The Gaslight Anthem is incredible! Hard hitting rock with catchy anthems and tough vocals. Sounds great on vinyl. If you don't know this band, this is the album to get!
Published 2 months ago by mb
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously Good
This album is a 5/5 and becomes a 6/5 if you can find the bonus track, "She Loves You". Gaslight's earlier albums are definitely good but felt just a tiny bit forced (see Brian's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome album
better than the 59 sound. amazing album all around. not quite as on par with hand written but definitely worth checking out.
Published 7 months ago by cam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rock album!
To me, it's like a mix of The Clash & Springsteen. It's tough to find new bands playing classic rock & roll.
Published 9 months ago by RON TYLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs with a lot of energy
I had The 59 Sound first and really fell in love with Gaslight because of it. This is a different album and slightly different approach but I love it none the less.
Published 11 months ago by Michael R Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Let it grow on you.
The great thing about Gaslight Anthem records is that they grow on you.

The '59 Sound is a tough album to top, and like a number of other listeners my initial reaction... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ian M. Mcclintock
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Been Crazy for So Long Without You
Upon my first listen to American Slang I was pretty underwhelmed. After becoming a fan with the masterful '59 Sound my expectations where soaring for this one. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great band!
I started with '59 Sound and then picked up Handwritten. I had to go back and buy the catalog of CD's!
Published 14 months ago by booker rice
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Even though you've owned the album forever, one day you will hear American Slang like you've never heard it before, suddenly one day it will make sense, you'll look at your sleeve... Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Kesler
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