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When's the last time you felt like this?,
This review is from: The 59 Sound (Audio CD)
If Social Distortion met The Strokes and invited over the Kings of Leon where they jammed out to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty all night, you just might have an idea of what you're going to hear when you drop the needle on "The '59 Sound" by the Gaslight Anthem. From the very moment Great Expectations kicks in, you know you are in for something special. The next two songs only help to further that notion, and by the time you get to the Counting Crows references on the fourth track ("High Lonesome"), you know you're hearing a potentially life changing record. That's a feeling I haven't had in a very very long time, and truth be told, I didn't know if I would ever have it again. Now whether or not this is that kind of album remains to be seen, but it certainly has the potential. Every song is good if not great, and often the songs on this record transition seamlessly into each other, such as when "Miles Davis & The Cool" crashes right into "The Patient Ferris Wheel", which features guest vocals by Dicky F'n Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
"The '59 Sound" sounds like a tribute to all of the bands that The Gaslight Anthem enjoys from another generation. There are obvious hints throughout the record of Tom Petty and especially Bruce Springsteen, and even Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Casanova Baby" starts off suspiciously similar to "Looking Out My Back Door"). Even the titles of the songs ("Meet Me by The River's Edge", "Old White Lincoln") sound like something you'd see on the back of a record from your mom or dad's vinyl collection.
"The '59 Sound" is ultimately one of those unique albums where you feel sort of torn. One part of you wants to call up everyone you know and tell them to go buy it. Another part of you wants to keep it for yourself. In the end, it's an album that you can enjoy by yourself driving down the highway with the windows down, or with a car full of friends singing along at the top of your lungs down that very same road. That's what makes records like "The '59 Sound" so special. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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Initial post: Jul 28, 2010 6:47:55 PM PDT
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S. Elton says:
This review is perfection! As both a Springsteen and Social D. fan I keep describing this album to others as a mash up between the two...and you did it better than I ever could. This album hits me as a tribute to my past (I was raised on classic rock), my middle (I went through a huge "punk" phase) and my now (I'm more eclectic than ever). Not to mention August & Everything After is my favorite album of all time. In that way, it's absolutely perfect. I love what you say about part of you wanting to share it with everyone and part of you wanting to keep it to yourself. I feel like if anyone ever rejected this album a little part of me would die. Suffice to say I am a total geek for "The 59 Sound." This IS my happy place!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2010 10:49:37 AM PDT
A.M. Lewis says:
That's awesome. You're past, middle and now are exactly my own. Thanks for the comment!
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