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The Gaslight Anthem

The '59 Sound

(Side One Dummy; US: 19 Aug 2008; UK: 18 Aug 2008)

While the comparisons to the Jersey shore’s golden boy Bruce Springsteen is perhaps lazy for critics, it’s hard not to hear the Gaslight Anthem picking up that mantle from the Boss and running with it on the lovely opener “Great Expectations”. Led by singer Brian Fallon, the group nails the high-energy, Killers-lite title track that sounds a bit like the Replacements circa Tim. There’s a thread through this record that works extremely well, whether it’s the mid-tempo, tight pop of “Old White Lincoln” or the equally gorgeous rock fuelling “High Lonesome”, even if they cop a line or two from Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire”. But the consistency is always high, especially on the urgent, small-town escape number “Miles Davis & The Cool” and perhaps the finest song “The Patient Ferris Wheel”. Oh, and then there’s “Casanova, Baby!” which is excellent also. And then there’s “Meet Me by the River’s Edge”. Oh hell, the whole damn thing is great!

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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