Gaslight Anthem are a band I was not aware of until the EP they released before this. Over 4 songs they perfect the pop/punk/soul combination in effortless style. Proving that this was certainly not a fluke, Gaslight come up trumps on their 2nd album. All the tracks here have great melodies, and massive hooks. The general feel is one of uplifting, even if some of the lyrics have melancholic overtones.
In an age where a good pop song is often eschewed in favour of funny time signatures/weird chords, it's great to see a band take the simple pop formula and give it a new lease of life.
This is a quite brilliant album that demands repeat plays.