The Gaslight Anthem
Handwritten


5.0
classic

Review

by sceezy USER (3 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The next great American band

I have never anticipated an album more than Handwritten. The past two months of my life have been spent pacing the floor just waiting for any glimpse of what Gaslight is going to do this time. It was very much worth the wait for all the eagerness I held. Handwritten is nothing short of brilliant. This is the album that's going to push Gaslight into real fame. In a recent interview, Brian Fallon stated "I don't make any jokes about it... I want my band to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." Brian's goal is obvious upon first listening. Their sound is bigger, much louder, more accessible and catchier than any of their previous releases. Also, we've never heard as many "whoa-oh's" in any other Gaslight release. Despite it being a lot more radio-friendly, Handwritten is still straight Gaslight to the core and a clear indicator of the stardom these boys hope to accomplish.

I got a pretty good feel for what kind of sound Handwritten was going to have after spending weeks endlessly replaying '45' and live versions of 'Here Comes My Man.' What I anticipated was good old-fashioned rock-and-roll with strong rhythms, heartfelt lyrics and powerful choruses. My expectations held true; Handwritten is a collection of strong, energetic rock songs. You can't help but shout along with 'Howl,' '45' and 'Handwritten.' There are heavy songs with crunchy rhythms such as 'Too Much Blood' and 'Biloxi Parish.' There are a couple of beautiful ballads too. One being 'National Anthem,' an honest acoustic song that closes the album simply and elegantly. In another song 'Mae,' Brian breathes out an emotional and moving atmosphere. These slow songs fit comfortably beside previous Gaslight ballads like 'Here's Looking At You, Kid.' Aside from those two, Gaslight provides nothing short of kick-ass rock music.

Handwritten combines the addicting rhythms of The '59 Sound, the prominent lead guitar of American Slang, and the raw energy of Sink or Swim. However, this isn't The '59 Sound part 2, but instead a brand new listening experience that is unmistakeably the work of The Gaslight Anthem. With each album, Gaslight manages to refine and refresh their sound to make a remarkable album that doesn't sound like anything else they've released and Handwritten is no exception.

A few days before the official release of Handwritten, I went with a good friend to see Gaslight for the second time at a small local venue. We walked away from the show starstruck, knowing we had just witnessed some piece of history. Over a few drinks after the show, we had a discussion about how we probably wouldn't see these guys again at our local hole-in-the-wall. We would have to drive out to a bigger city, and see them on a bigger stage, and remember what it felt like to be inches away from the band during their first '59 Sound tour. All of these suspicions were confirmed after hearing Handwritten. This album is a turning point for the band and will push Gaslight to the next level. They deserve everything they've earned, and haven't had to sell themselves out to do it. Friends, we are without a doubt witnessing the progression of the next great American band.


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LifeAsAChipmunk
July 21st 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"The past two months of my life have been spent pacing the floor just waiting for any glimpse of what Gaslight is going to do this time."

Wow, joking or not that's a bit much. You could add some more descriptions. I can appreciate the comparisons to previous work but it's not very helpful for those who haven't listened to their discography.

From the little I've heard off of this, I wasn't extremely impressed.

deepintheorchard
July 22nd 2012


644 Comments


Yeah this is not as good as American Slang, which is not as good as The 59 Sound.

Perplexion
July 22nd 2012


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review and I could see how alot of people could get into this. It's just not my taste. I guess it's just too upbeat for my liking. lol

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2012


23964 Comments


i don't like this band but good review

Digging: Taylor Swift - 1989

Counterfeit
July 22nd 2012


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dunno how I feel bout this. I mean yeah it sounds great but it just seems like "oh hey, this is what you wanted us to sound like so here. "

TooLateToGoBack
July 22nd 2012


1779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review.

lol at the faggot alts who 1'd this.

jefflebowski
July 22nd 2012


8257 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so middle of the road

Funeralopolis
July 22nd 2012


11751 Comments


yea band kind of sucks

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sceezy
July 22nd 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

are you a.... brony?

porch
July 23rd 2012


8460 Comments


lol at the faggot alts who 1'd this.


only two people out of 93 1'd it dude, no need to get upset

i find your 5 a lot more amusing

newjunkaesthetic93
July 24th 2012


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Dunno how I feel bout this. I mean yeah it sounds great but it just seems like "oh hey, this is what you wanted us to sound like so here. " "

The way I see it people would be throwing bitch fits right now if it din't sound like that. It'd be "Fuck them for selling out and changing their sound for their new label. They were always poser fucking faggot piece of shit fuck shit fuck fucks in the fucking ass anyways."


HitlerIsTheBest
July 24th 2012


1575 Comments


i like this band and all, but i think people are blowing their "greatness" way out of proportion. no band who has such boring and generic song structures and lyrics such as "oh and i would just die if you ever took your love away" could ever be great in my book. fun band, but theyre not great.

jefflebowski
July 24th 2012


8257 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this gets worse with every listen

camaraderie
July 24th 2012


988 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Agreed, this band is so...average. Nothing about them particularly good, although I do love the vocalist.

I'll assume previous releases were better than this one.



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