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American Slang

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"American Slang" marks an extraordinary leap forward for the Gaslight Anthem, revealing a triumphant rock 'n' roll band honed by two years of nearly non-stop touring. Singer/guitarist Brian Fallon's lyrical approach has grown more personal and introspective, his raw throated vocals stronger and more resonant against the band's boundless dynamic force. American Slang is a classic rock and roll album, that will be a benchmark for other bands to measure themselves against and try to mimic for generations to come.
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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INGrooves
  • ASIN: B003FK8V7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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By A. Toombs on July 27, 2010
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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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Once again, The Gaslight Anthem creates a flawless album that begs to be listened to again and again. The '59 Sound made GA my NEW favorite band and American Slang made them my favorite band period. Admittedly, I held off on doing a review b/c after my first listen to the album, I was slightly disappointed. The '59 Sound caught my attention and heart strings immediately. But I held off b/c I had a feeling that my great expectations (pun intended) were getting in the way of how the album truly was. And after repeated listens, I am hooked. Going away from the 50's inspired sound that weaved together punk and Americana, American Slang weaves motown with punk and Americana. It makes for an interesting hybrid and GA pulls it off to perfection. The storytelling and big choruses abound and one immediately relates to the tales of heartbreak, growing up, redemption, and love and lost love. Fallon has the gift for pulling you into the song and feeling what he is feeling. American Slang is just another example that there is still hope for American music. For me, standout tracks include American Slang, Bring It On, The Diamond Church Street Choir, The Queen Of Lower Chelsea, Orphans, and Old Haunts. But as usual with GA, there are no bad tracks. This is a great step forward for Gaslight Anthem and I am anxiously awaiting whatever they do next.
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