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Another step in the wrong direction by Fallon
on 19 October 2011
I'm a huge fan of Fallon and the Gaslight Anthem, but American Slang was distinctly average and this unfortunately follows suit. The album is enjoyable enough, but the tunes are missing and the lyrics aren't strong enough to carry the songs. There are some decent moments (notably Sugar, I Witnessed A Crime and Mary Ann) where Fallon shines like he did on 59 Sound and Sink Or Swim, but the majority of the album is as disappointing as American Slang given the high standards Fallon has set himself. Also, it's amazing how man lazy (and deaf?) reviewers compare this to the Afghan Whigs simply because Fallon name-checked them a few times. This unfortunately sounds absolutely nothing like the wonderful Whigs, so if you like them just buy another copy of Gentlemen instead!
Fallon is a genius, but you wouldn't think so listening to this or American Slang. Buy 59 Sound, Sink Or Swim or Senor And The Queen before you buy this (or anything by the Afghan Whigs!!).