The '59 Sound CD

For all their nods to things vintage (the record's title, previous album artwork, the sound of a needle dropping on vinyl at the beginning of Great Expectations, etc.), New Jersey's Gaslight Anthem have a clearly contemporary sound.  Where peer bands like Nothington and Against Me have slightly punkier sounds, Gaslight Anthem walk the middle of the road, comfortably, in high-top sneakers, with straight-ahead drum pummeling and guitars that riff and clang but never really rage or scowl.  Their songs have passion and punch, and the stories are told in lustrous detail with a kind of scrappy bravado.  The title track starts things off with a high-energy outburst, guitars somewhere between Joe Strummer and Tom Petty, Brian Fallon's raspy voice bidding farewell (in a well-worn American pop tradition) to a sweetheart dying in a car crash ... yes, on a Saturday night.  Sounds cliché, but it works.  Throughout, a traditional, pop soulfulness pulsates, as if the Gaslight guys somehow grew up listening to 1960's AM radio, where the Box Tops would brilliantly seque into Sam Cook.  The '59 Sound is a great soundtrack to a late summer night, or for cruising a highway without a destination; its confessional tones of uncertainty, yearning, and youth is deeply satisfying. - iTunes

CD Details

  • Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Record Label: Side One Dummy
  • UPC: 603967135824
  • Number of Discs: 1

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