The Gaslight Anthem are known for their americana punk style, almost to the point where anything outside of that sound would be pretty noticeable. When the band released their fifth studio album, Get Hurt, back in August, the differences between it and their previous releases stood out. However, while it is a change, the album is still a very well executed venture into a tougher side of the band that holds up to the rest of their body of work.
Get Hurt takes a detour from the typical Gaslight sound, bringing in something darker and more controlled. As singer Brian Fallon's work goes, it's more Horrible Crowes than Gaslight Anthem. Instead of letting his trademark rasp take the usually soaring heartland melodies even higher, Fallon takes a more introverted approach, letting the melodies sit and stew.
The album starts out with “Stay Vicious,” a bitting, chugging rocker of a song. “1000 Years” has an element of 80s power rock to it in the lead-up to it's chorus. In songs like “Selected Poems,” the band's punk influence is more apparent. Even though many of the songs still have elements of what people are used to, single “Rollin' and Tumblin'” is probably the closest sonically to their previous work.
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