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Handwritten (with Bonus-Track) (Amazon Exclusive)

Handwritten (with Bonus-Track) (Amazon Exclusive)

1 Jan 2012
4.6 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2012
  • Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Label: Mercury Records Limited
  • Copyright: ℗© 2012 Mercury Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited for the World (Excl. USA & Canada)
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  • Total Length: 45:50
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  • ASIN: B008I4Q1TO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,209 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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It took me five years to finally buy The Gaslight Anthem's second album 'The 59 Sound', and I'm afraid to say that I've only just purchased album number four 'Handwritten', skipping the third, and I call myself a fan. Anyway, this is a much superior album to the second, and has a greater variety, there's the up-tempo, feel-good rockers that we associate with the band anyway, but also some slower ones, all with excellent lyrics and vocal delivery. It showcases a growth in the band's already excellent material. My favourite cuts are 'Here Comes My Man', 'Handwritten' and 'Mulholland Drive', which are best appreciated by listening to on repeat.

It's the music that matters I know, but I should also note that the CD's booklet is also nice, with full lyrics and cool pictures.

I consider The Gaslight Anthem to be one of the best modern rock bands making music today, and it's nice to see their albums and singles breaking into the UK charts and selling well. Their fan base has clearly got bigger and bigger, because in 2012 the album climbed to no.2. Unlike me, don't delay in buying 'Handwritten', you won't regret it.
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'Handwritten' is the only record I have ever heard by The Gaslight Anthem but I have to say I doubt it will be the last!

The clever thing about this record is that the whole album has a familiar feel about it in so much as the bands influences/ inspirations come through load and clear yet, somehow, the group manage to successfully retain their own unique identity. I hear plenty of Cheap Trick influences here, yet tracks like the title track and 'Biloxi Parish' evoke memories of that 'Scottish guitar' of Big Country's.

Most of the album is uptempo and has a commercial rather than hardcore edge to it but the album is anything but samey and is all the better for that. 'Keepsake' has a killer guitar riff but is melodic and restrained while single "45" and "Desire" have an anthem like quality to them. Then, to finish off we get the best song Bob Dylan never wrote in the acoustic 'National Anthem'.

I don't think this album quite has the guns to qualify as a classic album but it is a consistently good set with no fillers and plenty of tracks you will want to hear again.
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The Gaslight Anthem have come a long way from the Spingsteen-esque punk fusion of their early exploits. Though even to relatively new fans the bar has been set high by their charmingly powerful 2010 predecessor American Slang. Basic, raw and engaging, Handwritten takes the leap into new territory and by no means does it fall short. Incorporating their classic sing along sound, most obviously present on `45', `Mullholland Drive' and `Biloxi Parish', with a new rockier drive it's unlike anything they've ever done before. The effect, which can partly be credited to different producer Brendan O'Brien, gives the bands folk punk core a new fiery exterior which undoubtedly engages the listeners attention much more effectively than previous efforts on a first run through. However, this does also leave a feeling of unfulfillment in places which a more layered approach would have remedied.

If you're expecting a start to finish fast paced strong chorused album then you might find yourself dissatisfied. Much like previous albums Gaslight successfully vary the overall feel. Songs such as `Here Comes My Man' and `Mae' offer a more reserved approach to punk rock then the forceful `Too Much Blood'. Though perhaps disappointingly `National Anthem' is the only truly acoustic track on Handwritten; slow, soft and brooding Brian Fallon's emotionally empowering vocals are used to great affect which co-insides beautifully which the gentle guitar hook. It's just a shame there are less of these moments throughout, though the bonus addition of the album showcases a few live acoustic versions of past fan favourites should you be left craving more like myself.

Overall The Gaslight Anthem has done a fantastic effort with Handwritten.
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This is a great album. The album shows a band whose sound has evolved a little from the last album and certainly a lot from their first offering.

45, Handwritten, Here Comes My Man, Mullholland Drive and Too Much Blood are instantly likeable with the Too Much Blood in-particular sounding far heavier (think KISS/70's hard rock riffs). Mullholland Drive is very much a GLA song, great lyrics and great song. Keepsake is far more anthem like with solo guitars and great lyrics - one of the longer songs on the album too. Howl is very GLA also with fast guitars and typical GLA lyrics. Biloxi Parish carries some of the 70's style heavier riffs through but isn't all that memorable a song. Desire is instantly GLA but like some of their earlier stuff, can blend into the songs before and after it. Mae is a slower affair while National Anthem is anti climactic for the album but a great melodic song in it's own right - very GLA.

Overall, I think it's a great album. Not their best in my opinion, but rarely do you hear newer, more recent albums from a band when you've already made up your mind about their sound, your favourite song or favourite album. For me it's a toss up between American Slang and The 59 Sound. Handwritten is almost as good.
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