Album Review: The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt
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New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem have always worn their influences proudly on their sleeves, from The Clash to Tom Petty and most obviously, their state’s most famous export, Bruce Springsteen. As writer Nick Hornby said of their previous album, 2012’s Handwritten, “If you haven’t heard anything like this before, then you’re probably listening to the wrong band anyway”. That being said, Get Hurt is the most expansive Gaslight Anthem record yet. The album opens with ‘Stay Vicious’, a nod to ‘Stay Lucky’ (from third album American Slang) and a statement of intent. The track begins with the heaviest riff recorded by the band, sounding more like the alt rock of Stone Temple Pilots or Velvet Revolver than what TGA fans would have come to expect. As the verse makes way to the chorus, the guitars begin to chime and a familiar “la la la” bridge appears. Initially, this change from the norm is a little off-putting, however it becomes clear that the band are simply evolving their sound at a faster rate than before.
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