Saturday, August 30, 2014

Album Review: ‘Get Hurt [Deluxe Edition]’ by The Gaslight Anthem

Title:  Get Hurt [Deluxe Edition] (Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, AllMusic, Wikipedia)
The Gaslight Anthem’s fifth full-length album Get Hurt is easily their most ambitious effort to date.  Opening with the trudging, stoner rock, blues infused “Stay Vicious” Get Hurt announces that this record is unlike any Gaslight Anthem album before it.  While having a punk heritage, Brian Fallon and company have never shied away from their love of straight up rock ‘n’ roll music and it is that love, especially of the classic rock of the 1970s and the inspirational arena rock of the 1980s, that is on full display here.  The record is dark and moody, but it’s not a downer or a depressing record, part in thanks to the big and uplifting choruses in songs like “1,000 Years,” “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” and “Dark Places.”  Get Hurt is not a record that grabs you on the first listen; it requires time and patients and multiple listens before its brilliance finally sinks in.  With moments that range from Tom Petty to U2, this record proves that The Gaslight Anthem is a powerhouse of a band that has far more to offer than many previously believed.   

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