The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt 7.5


Practically pigeon-holed as the punk-rock successors to Bruce Springsteen, no one can blame The Gaslight Anthem for making it obvious they listen to A LOT of other music. As raw as any of their previous four albums, Get Hurt sounds like their statement record: that they are their own band. The title track is as beautiful and painful a ballad as the band has ever written, and frontman Brian Fallon has really come into his own as a vocalist; his soulful vocals uniting the album’s range of guitar textures and varied tempos. Overall, some of the slower moments drag, but the side-street diversions the band has taken here shouldn’t diminish the honest rock ‘n’ roll flame they have burning in their hearts. — Eric Mitts

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