"Handwritten" is the new one from The Gaslight Anthem, which is on Mercury Records. This is bombastic, meat and potatoes corporate rock, by the numbers perfect but vampires-in-the-mirror soulless. Brian Fallon is the lead everything - singer and guitar player and he has that perfect rock star voice, too bad he didn't have better songs. These guys are talented but generic and to this writer, not up to the top tier of other New Jersey rockers such as the Feelies, the Smithereens, My Chemical Romance, Ben Vaughn, the Boss, Dramarama - and even back to Frank Sinatra, the Shirelles and the Four Seasons. This is music for those who don't think (or care) much about music.
Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
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Rockin' Roll Call
Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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