Title - 'Get Hurt (Bonus Tracks)'
Artist - The Gaslight Anthem
Garden State rock band The Gaslight Anthem have just released their brand new album, Get Hurt. Heavier than 2012's Handwritten, it is the bands fifth studio album to date.
Produced by Mike Crossey and inspired by vocalist and guitarist Brian Fallon's divorce from his wife of ten years, the band was influenced by artists whose albums represented "career shifts".
The ferocious pounding of drums is the perfect intro to 'Stay Vicious,' before the more mid-tempo '1,000 Years' is upon us. The quieter storytelling of the title track 'Get Hurt' is up next and is definitely a highlight of this wonderful new album. 'Stray Paper' is next and is backed by the pink strengths of 'Helter Skeleton' and then both the deathly 'Underneath the Ground' and then the powerhaus 'Rollin' and Tumblin'.
The rock 'n' roll of 'Red Violins' is another stand out track, with 'Selected Poems' another delightful romp also! Next up is a Gaslight-sounding go-to of 'Ain't That A Shame' ("With tears in my eyeballs, your name on my lips"), and that's backed by the Coldplayesque 'Break Your Heart.'
The Foo Fightersesque 'Dark Places' is another brilliant track, which I for one can't wait to see live, before the bonus tracks kick in. First up is 'Sweet Morphine,' which to my ear is their version of a Country-tinged song. Although, the gentle harmonica-intro'd 'Mama's Boys' could quite easily fall into that camp fire genre too! The lush 'Halloween' is next and then the bonus track'd album comes to a final close with the haunting 'Have Mercy.'