Review: The Gaslight Anthem, ‘Get Hurt’
Review By: Josh Weisner
The Gaslight Anthem is a band whose sound is completely unique by today’s standard. While often being compared to legends like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, they’ve always managed to keep the sound fresh. On ‘Get Hurt’, their fifth studio album, The Gaslight Anthem leave us with no words except the following: bigger, better, and mind blowing. Need I say more?
This follow up to 2012’s ’Handwritten’ is absolutely what we have come to expect from a new Gaslight record. Brian Fallon and the rest of the guys in The Gaslight Anthem have proven that they are capable of consistently pumping out classic records.
I have never been disappointed with and album from these guys (this record is no exception) and you can see just how much the band has grown with the maturity of their sound and lyrics. Putting together the right combination of ballads and hard rockers can be difficult; some have too many ballads, some have too little to let emotions bleed through. Songs like “Ain’t That A Shame”, “Red Violins”, “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”, and “Stay Vicious” are songs that have such big sounds, they just go to show that Gaslight should be playing sold out arenas like the legends they draw their influence from.
One of my favorites of this album is “Break Your Heart” simply because of Brian Fallon’s voice with an acoustic guitar. The lack of raspiness (even though this has become somewhat of a trademark of his) shows us another side vocally of Fallon’s voice that showcases his talents. Most of my favorite songs off of ‘Get Hurt’ are ballads; “Sweet Morphine” with the utilization of some tasteful slide guitar playing, “Break Your Heart”, and while it may not totally be a ballad, the title track “Get Hurt” because it gives us a look at not only great vocals but a backing by fantastic musicians throughout the entire song (this is also a theme throughout the entire album).
For me, this album is easily a 5/5 and I wouldn’t expect anything else from these guys. There is a lot of good to be had lyrically and musically on ‘Get Hurt.’ The guitar work as well as a steady, talented rhythm section provides a concrete foundation to allow The Gaslight Anthem to continue to give us flawless music. If you haven’t already checked out this album, go pick yourself up a copy of this record. It’s one for the ages.