Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ranking the Albums: The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon will release his solo debut Painkillers in March 2016.  In honor of and preparation for the release, I've been listening to The Gaslight Anthem's catalog and thought it would be a good time to revisit the Ranking the Albums feature.

I first discovered The Gaslight Anthem in 2010 when they were featured on NPR in support of their album American Slang.  After hearing the story, I picked up the record and was blown away.  The band created a sound that was equal parts Otis Redding, Hot Water Music, and Bruce Springsteen and was one of my favorite records of the year.  I went back and picked up the band's 2008 album The '59 Sound and after that I was hooked; a fan for life.  2012 saw the release of the excellent Handwritten another one of my favorite albums of the year.  In 2014 the band released their most ambitious record, the dark and haunting Get Hurt.  This record drew from '70s stoner rock and '90s alt rock and in a lot of ways had more in common with Elsie, the 2011 debut of Fallon's other project The Horrible Crowes.

In 2015 the band announced that they were going on an indefinite hiatus.  Since forming in 2006, they released five full-length albums, two proper EPs (counting Hold You Up and Here Comes My Man as one release since they basically were two different versions of the same EP), numerous singles, and two collections.  For this list I have included the albums and EPs and are listed in order of preference.  That having been said, this band's entire catalog is excellent and worth checking out.

For more information on The Gaslight Anthem check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, AllMusic, and Wikipedia pages.  For more information on The Horrible Crowes check out their Facebook, BandCamp, and Wikipedia pages.  For more information on Brian Fallon check out his official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Wikipedia pages.

1.  The '59 Sound
2.  Handwritten
3.  American Slang
4.  Sink or Swim
5.  Get Hurt
6.  Hold You Up / Here Comes My Man
7.  Señor and the Queen





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