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but something feels like it missing
on August 25, 2014
I eagerly anticipated this release from a band I feel is actually keeping rock and roll alive, but after listening a few times Get Hurt just doesn't quite measure up to previous releases. To be fair, they set the bar very high with their last release Hand Written, but something feels like it missing, and I've been trying very hard to hear what it is.
One major grip, that is unrelated to the music, I hate the artwork. They usually have some pretty cool album covers, what happened here, it looks like a kids record. No a huge deal, however as a collector, who enjoys album art (see the new Mastodon cover? Instant Classic) there is nothing interesting about this cover.
On now to the album's music content. I won't over do the critique. It just doesn't grab me the way the other albums have. Handwritten, did take a couple of listens before I began to "get it", and once it hit I couldn't stop listening. Same with American Slang, full of memorable songs. I've tried hard here, and the songs just seem to sit there, i listen, and then when the next song starts I've forgotten about the last one; and that's after multiple listens. There aren't too many hooks here. Was it rushed? Is it the producer, am i missing something? I just don't hear 5 Star material here, and there are a lot of 5 Star reviews here.
I'll continue to give it a shot, because i respect these guys and i like what they are doing. I really don't think this will be the album that people come back to when they want to hear Gaslight anthem in the years to come. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad music, just not up to Gaslights standards, however below their standards it is to me, it's still miles ahead of other rock music out there right now.