So, Gaslight Anthem have a new album…
There are loads of people saying that Get Hurt, their most recent album is “the best album yet”. I’m assuming these people have never listened to either The ‘59 Sound or Handwritten, two albums which are leaps and bounds above Get Hurt.
Get Hurt drags. Most of the songs are slow, laborious numbers with little or no energy behind them. After listening to the album I could hardly remember any of it; none of the songs stuck in my head. This is exact opposite of when I first heard “45”, the opening track of Handwritten. “45” sticks in my head, the lyrics and melody repeating again and again. Whenever it comes on my iPod shuffle I don’t skip it. When it plays in my car I nudge the volume up and open the window to blast it to the masses.
Absolutely none of Get Hurt has garnered such a reaction from me. Even songs that I enjoy, like the single Rollin’ and Tumblin’, are quickly forgotten when something better comes along. Now, I don’t have a problem with slow songs. On the contrary I enjoy a good ballad now and then. I’m also far from one of the “I only like the old stuff”-assholes. I just can’t understand how someone can listen to this album and call it great. I can’t see how the the band who wrote Old White Lincoln, Boxer, Handwritten, High Lonesome, Howl, The Spirit of Jazz, The Patient Ferris Wheel and other greats can call this a progression. I’m disappointed to say the least.
The Gaslight Anthem are a great band with great songwriting ability and a brilliant, unique sound. Get Hurt is a bump in the road. All bands have them. So stop telling them the album is “the best yet”. Because it isn’t.