After a couple of years’ relative silence, it’s great to hear that New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem are back with their 5th studio album, Get Hurt. The title suggests a sensitive side to this ever-profound Americana encapsulating band.
But in contrast to the title, track Stay Vicious opens the album with a bang – the guitars prove to be vicious indeed, with a dark, dirty riff filling your ears immediately. Singer Brian Fallon still manages to squeeze in some of his Springsteen-inspired ‘sha-las’ in the chorus before an encompassing guitar solo takes over.
For a great all-round pop-rock track you’d expect to find soundtracking any given teen drama or movie, 1,000 Years is perfect. There’s some bass-driven melodies along with a great repetitive and harmonious chorus which simultaneously uplifts and makes you reflect.
Elsewhere, Break Your Heart and title track Get Hurt appeal massively to the Jersey shore ballady sound, and have Springsteen written all over them. The latter even sounds as if it could be a reworking of Secret Garden as it’s so similar.
The album isn’t all slow and emotional though – Helter Skeleton is a definite standout track with a far more upbeat and general sunny disposition. Fallon’s gravelly vocals accompany the great guitar melody from the opening bars. It’s a fantastic switch up in the middle of this album and will definitely get you moving in some way or another.
Rollin’ and Tumblin’ harks back to the great upbeat tracks of The ‘59 Sound, as does Ain’t That A Shame, offering The Gaslight Anthem’s trademark great Americana sound with catchy choruses.
Get Hurt is a fantastic effort from The Gaslight Anthem, and will definitely prove to be popular with their existing fans. With catchy choruses, ear-pleasing melodies, an expected Springsteen influence and a mixture of old and new sounds, it’s hard to see anyone not liking this widely appealing LP. Some may expect something more or different, but why change a sound or song structure which works so well?