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HANDWRITTEN, The Gaslight Anthem s first album on Mercury Records, was produced by two-time Grammy Award winner Brendan O Brien, known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Incubus, and many others. Prior to HANDWRITTEN, The Gaslight Anthem released three full-length indie albums to date, Sink Or Swim, The 59 Sound and American Slang. With tons of critical raves, The Gaslight Anthem has won strong and loyal followings across the U.S., Japan, and especially in the UK. In the U.S., hundreds of thousands of festival goers have seen The Gaslight Anthem on the stages of Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella.


1. 45
2. Handwritten
3. Here Comes My Man
4. Mulholland Drive
5. Keepsake
6. Too Much Blood
7. Howl
8. Biloxi Parish
9. Desire
10. Mae
11. National Anthem

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0089IGUP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on July 24, 2012
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Fans of Gaslight Anthem will find 2012's HANDWRITTEN be familiar. The band's sound is like a beaten up pair of Chuck Taylor's. Gaslight Anthem is rough around the edges, old-school, raw, but comfortable. With prolific producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Incubus), the band's sound remains full of passion and energy but crystal-clear. While their sound may not be specifically unique, they are a breath of fresh air in a musical climate dominated with electronics.

The album begins with its lead single, "45." The song isn't just one of the best songs on the album - I'd argue it's one of the best of the band's career. It's a solid homage to the days of vinyl, and it perfectly surmises the band and HANDWRITTEN. Gaslight Anthem has always been one to salute their predecessors, and "45" cuts to the core of that matter. The second and title track, "Handwritten," scores another do-it-yourself anthem for the band. The album's title is particularly apt: the band wears its heart and influences on its sleeve like a badge of honor - the music and lyrics all sound organic and, well, handwritten. "Too Much Blood" has a stomping guitar riff that surrounds great vocals via Brian Fallon; in many ways, it feels tired and exhausted, but because it feels full of soul, it never feels like a drag. Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, "Howl" compacts many of Gaslight Anthem's best qualities into a tight rocking song. The first song written for the album, "Biloxi Parrish" also serves as a highlight with its heartfelt melody paired with blistering guitar work. The penultimate song, "Mae," slows the album down towards ballad territory, but the result is a song that is just as strong as "Too Much Blood.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Frank the Tank on July 25, 2012
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The thing I give Gaslight Anthem so much credit for, is that through 4 albums and 1 E.P., I can listen to their entire discography, and never skip a song. There aren't many bands I can do that with... MAYBE 1 or 2 others.

Handwritten continues that streak. It's just good rock and roll... it's not too punk, not too pop... it's sort of the Bruce Springsteen/John Cougar/Tom Petty of the ages... no gimmicks, no experimentation, no digital screeching or wub wubs, no samplers, no attempts at rapping. Just good old fashion rock and roll... the way it's supposed to be.

The forefathers of Rock and Roll would be proud.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Quaz on July 24, 2012
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I very rarely bother to write reviews, on music or otherwise. And I can't remember the last time I played a new album over and over again without tiring of it quickly. However, this album is so moving and overall outstanding that I've had it on non-stop repeat all day, and had to write something. I've been a huge fan of the Gaslight Anthem for a few years ever since a friend gave me a copy of American Slang, and it didn't take me long to buy the entire discography. I'm getting older and not much music has the power to affect me deeply these days, but these guys do it consistently. The lyrics, the music - just so damn great, and the perfect blend of various styles. This is a terrific collection of songs and an instant classic, and it gets better with every listen.

Thanks again to Brian and crew for yet another incredible album. (Now, if you guys would please someday play anywhere near Pittsburgh, i could die happy...)

Buy this. Support this band. You will be glad you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ScottE on August 6, 2012
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I'm very disappointed by all the low ratings this release is getting, if your a true fan of The Gaslight Anthem, you would give this release a solid 5 stars! Brian Fallon is one of today's best rock writers and his band mates guitarist Alex Levine, drummer Benny Horowitz and bassist Alex Rosamilia, bring everything together and form one of the greatest rock bands since 2006. On this their 4th long player "Handwritten", The Gaslight Anthem give us more top notch treasures in "45", which would be a top 40 hit in the 70's. "Keepsake", is a winner through and through, a top 10 song on a fair planet. Other top tunes are the chestnut title track, "Biloxi Parish", "Here Comes My Man", "Too Much Blood" and the classic sounds of "Desire" and "Mae". The band brings in strings on the beautiful tune "National Anthem". Of the 3 songs on the deluxe version, we get the hard chargin' melodic "Blue Dahlia", the excellent bass work of Alex Rosamilia on the Nirvana cover "Sliver" and the Tom Petty classic "You Got Lucky", with sharp guitar by Alex Levine. Brendan O'Brien did a fine job producing this disc. Keep up the great work guys, you're keeping this 52 year old ALIVE!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Fleenor on July 30, 2012
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This is the fourth album by The Gaslight Anthem and in my opinion the worst of the four. While their earlier albums are raw and full of heart, this album comes off to me as overproduced and soulless. This album was completely average with maybe 3-4 stand out songs (45 is my favorite so far). I will mention that I prefer my music uptempo and raw so please take that into account when you are thinking of purchasing this album. My album preferences for these guys go (best to worst): 59 Sound, Sink or Swim, American Slang, and finally this album. I hope that gives you a brief look at this album. I will update if my feelings change.
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