The Gaslight Anthem
The '59 Sound


5.0
classic

Review

by Boris Canzano USER (9 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They Lit a Fire That Wouldn't Go Out

What makes a great album? Technicality? Boundary-stretching? For me, it's simple. What makes a great album is the feeling that it gives you, the emotion that drips off of it and on to you. What it makes you think of, distant memories it conjures up. The palpable energy of each and every song, note, rhythm and beat. Maybe it's just the simplicity of The '59 Sound that leaves much to the imagination, but every time it plays in my car, headphones, or stereo, my mind slips off into a daydream.

It's late August, on a Friday night at sunset and the temperature is neither too cool nor too hot. I'm driving by the lake with the windows down. The pathetic stereo in my car is desperately trying to squeeze every ounce of volume it can out of High Lonesome as I sing along with it. I have no thoughts of what might have happened that day, good or bad. All I know is that I'm happy. Everything is perfect in that moment and I don't have a single care or worry to my name.

It's a feeling that I wish could stay forever, that could travel with me past the confines of my dream and into reality. It's a feeling more perfect than anything around me. Whenever I get the blues, I just put in The '59 Sound and for even just a short time, I can be content. I’m lifted back into my sun-lit cruise along the lake and I can forget all the bad around me and be at peace for a little while.

The first time I heard The '59 Sound, I knew it was going to stick. Not just stick in my head only to be forgotten later on, but stick with me for a while. It’s a record that doesn't seem to age a day, no matter how much you listen to it. It's not just the well-crafted hooks laden throughout every song. It's not just Brian Fallon's charismatic voice that makes you want to scream every word at the top of your lungs. Sure, these are redeeming qualities, but they can be found elsewhere too. It is the extraordinary feeling, different for everyone, but irreplaceable by anything else, that makes The '59 Sound such a great, profound album.



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Sirob
May 2nd 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

told myself I was going to do it, so I did it.

also I fucking love mangoes

ThunderNeutral21
May 2nd 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

bruce wrote this album 20 times

Sirob
May 2nd 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dont care, still rules hard

none
May 2nd 2012


1100 Comments


fag

Sirob
May 2nd 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cool man

MagmaWalrus
May 2nd 2012


242 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A simple and brief but good review. Love this album.

Sirob
May 2nd 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks, man.

Hep Kat
May 2nd 2012


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ratedover

Sirob
May 2nd 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i know a lot of people who either think its alright or think its just the best fucking thing ever lol

Quen
May 3rd 2012


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules. nice review.

TooLateToGoBack
May 3rd 2012


1774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

brief, but a good review for an absolutely classic album.

have a pos



Sirob
May 3rd 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks guys!

Storm In A Teacup
May 3rd 2012


13145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed, good review!

ThunderNeutral21
May 3rd 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

bruce springsteen- the 59 sound

ThunderNeutral21
May 3rd 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

only on tuesdays

ThunderNeutral21
May 3rd 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

only on tuesdays

ThunderNeutral21
May 3rd 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the gaslight anthem- the bruce springsteen sound

ThunderNeutral21
May 3rd 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the brucelight anthem- the born to run sound

ThunderNeutral21
May 3rd 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

k jom

pand3m0nium
May 3rd 2012


98 Comments


Woot! Forgot how much I love this album.



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