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Get Hurt
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2014
After listening to the album twice today and reading a number of critic reviews, fan tweets and user reviews Get Hurt is getting a bit of a mixed reception - I don't know why, it's great!! Every critic review picks up on Brian Fallons comment that this is a very different album and then they seem to criticise the album for being exactly that. Is the album that different to their other work? Not really, it's more a change of pace.

I'm a big Gaslight Anthem fan and have been listening to their music for years and I must admit on first listen some songs on Get Hurt didn't hit home with me however on second listen I thought they were great. Tomorrow I'll love them even more. It's definitely a grower and that's to be expected when a band puts something out there that's a bit different.

Stay Vicious, 1,000 years, Get Hurt, Rollin and Tumblin, Helter Skeleton and Break Your Heart are standouts. 1,000 years and Underneath The Ground stand out as the tracks that are truly different to their previous work. The others grow on you with each listen, the only dud on the album is ironically called Ain't That a Shame.

I would definitely recommend getting the deluxe version, Sweet Morphine and Mama's Boys carry on the Gaslight Anthem tradition of bonus tracks that could/should have been included on the standard album.

I highly recommend this album, newcomers will probably love it straight away, fans of the band may need to stick with it for a few listens but it'll reward you for doing so.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2014
I’ll be honest: I didn’t like this album on the first play; but I’d followed the Gaslight Anthem for so many years, that I had to give it a try: and boy, how it grew on me! It’s a complex album, but the layering of the harmonics and instrumentals are sublime. This is a classic album and all credit to GLA for their bravery. I recall that 40 years ago I had the same problem getting into the Stones ‘Exile on Main Street’ and that became a classic: this will too! This is an impressive album: buy it and enjoy it!
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on 19 April 2015
I got into the Gaslight Anthem belatedly with the " 59 Sound" Loved it and it became my favourite album during 2013. I bought "Get Hurt" on the strength of the Amazon reviews and I wasn't disappointed. The 59 Sound is very upbeat and "Springsteen Lite" the 59 Sound is very much their own and better for it. It's dark, it's moving it's by far my favourite of all their albums, it's one of those I keep putting back on the shelf so I don't get fed up with it, then I keep going back and putting it on again, it's that good. Just buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2014
Wonderful lp. Brian Fallon's music has changed and evolved during time but The Gaslight Anthem still remains a great band.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2014
At some point, a band has to evolve, and the best challenge their fans to come along for the ride. When i had read that Brian Fallon had mentioned Pearl Jam's 'No Code' as an influence on the making of the new album, i figured 'Get Hurt' would be the start of that ride. Instead, the desire to change and yet at the same time not alienate their original fan base leaves The Gaslight Anthem caught between a rock and a hard place. It's by no means a bad album, it's just that everything about 'Get Hurt' sounds familiar, and though the album hints at progression, it never really offers anything new. I'm not about to give up on The Gaslight Anthem just yet, as when it's good, there aren't many better bands around.
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on 25 February 2015
The fifth album by US punk/rockers The Gaslight Anthem keeps up the standard set by previous albums. It doesn't change their tried and tested formula of Americana themed rock songs but when they are this good it doesn't need to. Anyone who enjoys rock music with an indie/punk edge will enjoy this album or any other by them. My personal favourite track is the very catchy Ain't That A Shame but they're all good tracks.
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on 8 February 2015
I have the complete Gaslight Anthem recordings as I am a big fan of this band. I was really looking forward to this release. Have played this through a few times and It just isn't striking a chord with me like the previous albums. There are a few good songs on here, but there just seems to be lacking the edge of previous turn outs like '59 Sound' & " American Slang". Disappointed!
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on 18 June 2015
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! This band and album are my new love. I saw them live in Brighton dome just recently and their whole set was tight as a ducks ass and they seem like genuinely good guys. My favourite track on the album is 'Selected Poems' - genius lyrics and an overall masterpiece in my eyes**** Get the Deluxe version of the album! ****
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This is a brilliant return to form, quite possibly a career best, I found the album 'handwritten' a bit souless and a bit bland but they have released a classic right here, full of super songs, great heart and punch and a flawless range of songs. Yes i think this is their best , i love it hey.
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on 6 January 2015
I really like the overall feel of this album, listening to it feels like a story and that’s the way albums should be written. Appropriately heartbreaking with just the right amount of punch, this is Gaslight Anthem’s finest work in my opinion.
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