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Interview with The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon



Brian Fallon (vocals/guitar) * Benny Horowitz (drums) *
Alex Levine (bass) * Alex Rosamilia (guitars)

“We’re not into just kinda being like a little footnote,” says The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon. “We want to be The Ones, y’know?”

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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SideOneDummy Records
  • ASIN: B003FK8V7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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New Jersey quartet The Gaslight Anthem would be the first to admit that they share more than a home state with Bruce Springsteen. However, there's nothing wrong with being heavily influenced by another artist so long as you still have something of your own to bring to the table, and on 2008's superb breakthrough The '59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthem did indeed bring something. While frontman Brian Fallon's rugged but sensitive vocals and wordy blue-collar lyricism may have seemed familiar, the fact is that these guys were punks, something that Springsteen never, ever was. Sure, the music was anthemic, but the mix was rattling, rough, raw and thrilling.

Despite coming in shy of 35 minutes and retaining the services of '59 Sound producer Ted Hutt, American Slang is an altogether cleaner-sounding affair than its predecessor. As such it's not so much a bad record as a weirdly redundant one: four talented, passionate musicians do a perfectly reasonable job of making a record that sounds a good deal like vintage Springsteen, but fail to really leave their own mark on the music.

The opening title track is heroic, energetic and hopelessly derivative: "I got your name tattooed inside of my arm," grunts Fallon, manfully, over a selection of backing hollers and coos that sound so similar to any given E Street Band affair that it makes you simultaneously want to punch the air and slap your forehead. It's a nice song, but classic rock rather than punk and does nothing to transcend or build upon on its glaringly obvious influences. Where The '59 Sound had a wired mania Springsteen never possessed, listening to American Slang feels a bit pointless when you could whack on Darkness on the Edge of Town instead.

It's not total homage: the scrappy chant that ushers in the lithe Boxer is great fun, as is the swingin' The Diamond Church Street Choir. The guitars do hit harder than Springsteen's, and at the end of the day Fallon has a nice turn of phrase and a great way with a melody. Maybe if this was the first we'd heard of The Gaslight Anthem that would all be enough, but after The '59 Sound, this feels like a regression. --Andrzej Lukowski

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gerdundula on 13 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
There's a lot of nonsense being written about this album. I was initially put off buying it after reading the 'official' review on this Amazon page. But I needn't have worried...

Basically, this album is exactly the same as the previous two. So if you liked those (which I really, really do) you will definitely like this one. That may sound harsh but I don't mean it in a bad way. Let's face it, most bands/artists sound basically the same from album to album - which is why their fans love them! (Yes, I know there are exceptions...)

I really like this band - one of my favourite new bands of the last 5 years or so. Their sound is familiar, not musically inventive or original, but it's definitely their own - and that's a hard thing to achieve.

There are subtle differences between the three albums but they are, at heart, all pretty much the same. And that's cool. What, did you want then to go all AOR or Jazz-Fusion on us? Thought not. And if it ain't broke...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Heysmith on 7 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
'American Slang' is the album that perhaps demostrates best how The Gaslight Anthem has come into it's own- encompassing a much more layered rock sound than the post-punk musings of early album 'Sink or Swim', there is a maturity and a confidence to the record that demosntrates how comfortably they have engineered their own sound. There are shades of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in many of the tracks- "The Diamond Church Street Choir" and "The Queen of Lower Chelsea" in particular, as well as the heavy Springsteen influence we have come to expect though manifested in a very different way from the angsty strains of the latter half of 'The '59 Sound'. 'American Slang' is triumphant, concerned with looking at youth in a much more celebratory, retrospective fashion that first appeared on the EP 'Senor and the Queen' but without losing the grit and the soul that sets them apart from other bands of their genre. Fallons lyrics again are poetry; an epic of "faithless factories" and "sons of regret", and the guitar work seems to have been tailored to fit the quintessential American backdrop in a more mellow fashion. Some tracks stand out; the titular 'American Slang' perhaps not being the song that most listeners take away from the album- "Boxer" and "Spirit of Jazz" are a harkening back to the days of "Wooderson" on 'Sink or Swim'; full of soul and vehemence but much more musically mature, the heart-rending "We Did it When We Were Young" a fitting tribute to "The Backseat" or "Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts". The Gaslight Anthem have created that rare thing in music; rock as inspired as it is honest. Since the early days of Fallon's bands like 'This Charming Man' and 'The Cincinatti Rail Tie' this album has been in the making, and has frankly come to fruition in a magnificent fashion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By simon211175 VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I remember listening to The '59 Sound when browsing the internet back in 2008. I thought it was an okay sounding album, one that I listened to a couple of times, but was never wowed enough to want to buy it.

I spotted American Slang in a list of new releases on Napster though, and so I figured I'd have a listen to see how they've come on in the last couple of years. I think we're all in agreement that the album is very short, so I won't dwell too much on that. I listened to the album whilst packing boxes ready to move house, and for me, it sounded brilliant. Over the next few days I listened to it several times, each time sounding as good - so I decided I should buy it.

There are several songs that I think are particularly good, my favourite being The Diamond Church Street Choir - it sounds good and I enjoy it every time it comes on. My 2 year old daughter singing along in the back of the car also adds to the enjoyment. My other favourites include; the title track, American Slang; Stay Lucky, an upbeat track sounding like a mix of Springsteen and The Clash; Old Haunts, a very Tom Petty sounding track; and The Spirit of Jazz, which I would say was a mix of Tom Petty and The Clash.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Gaslight Anthem is a band standing on the launch pad about to take off towards stadium status. Some bands carve a specialist niche (ranging from acts as diverse as Interpol, Low Anthem or the Felice Brothers) their music is brilliant but is set in a context that will have an appeal that will lead to just about selling out a couple of nights in the Hammersmith Apollo. Others have that everyman appeal. They are the U2's of the world. You dad likes them, your sister's quite keen, their albums go into the "trolley" on the Friday "shop" and while your not a fan if someone offered you a concert ticket you wouldn't turn it down. Mass appeal however is no guarantee of quality. U2 have traded on a back catalogue where for every brilliant "Actung Baby" there are many more albums which generate as much excitement as drawing New Zealand in a your workplace football world cup sweepstakes.

Gaslight Anthem are at an early stage of their career and are currently about as hot as a picnic in death valley but I suspect that if they are around in 10 years time you worry that there old-school rock 'n' roll lyricism and riff based anthems will have worn very thin indeed and feel extremely dated. Its not that "American Slang" is a bad album, it is generally good and in some parts excellent (although what Allen Jones has been drinking in his salivating and "over the top" Uncut review is a mystery). The cover for example tells you what to expect and is a pitch for rock classicism. Its blue collar, pictures the Brooklyn bridge, has iconic turnpike signs and with its title it pitches firmly on that campsite with the tent "Springsteen" marked out on it. But to be fair the bands musical links to the "Boss" are generally overcooked (unlike the lyrical links).
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