Handwritten [Deluxe Edition]

Handwritten [Deluxe Edition]

by The Gaslight Anthem
     
 

Always seeming to be tinkering with their sound, the Gaslight Anthem seek a nice balance between heart and drive on their fourth album, Handwritten. With a sound that splits the difference between the more punk-influenced The '59 Sound and the rootsy earnestness of See more details below

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Always seeming to be tinkering with their sound, the Gaslight Anthem seek a nice balance between heart and drive on their fourth album, Handwritten. With a sound that splits the difference between the more punk-influenced The '59 Sound and the rootsy earnestness of American Slang, the album finds the band returning with a sound that feels altogether more complete than its other work. It feels like the Gaslight Anthem have reached some new evolutionary stage in their growth, bringing together all of their influences into a sound that's more distinctly theirs. While there are still the strong overtones of Springsteen and Social Distortion present on Handwritten, it feels like the Gaslight Anthem have figured out how to adapt those sonic touchstones into a sound that, though familiar, is their own. Changes aside, what feels more important with a group like the Gaslight Anthem are the things that are the same. Handwritten is still possessed of the same grit and earnestness that have become staple weapons in their musical arsenal. Songs like "'45'" and "Howl" easily evoke summertime in the heartland with their wistful warmth and bittersweetness. Though the cover of Nirvana's "Sliver," which is faithfully executed with Brian Fallon doing his best (and, most surprisingly, accurate) Cobain impression, feels a bit out of place on the album, as a whole Handwritten has all of the heart-on-rolled-up-sleeve passion that makes the Gaslight Anthem a band that is so easy to love and identify with. [The Deluxe Edition features three bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2012
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602537111121
catalogNumber:
001721302
Rank:
92880

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gaslight Anthem   Primary Artist
Brendan O'Brien   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Hammond B3
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Alex Levine   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Benny Horowitz   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Alex Rosamilia   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Brian Fallon   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ian Perkins   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Petty   Composer
Mike Campbell   Composer
Chad Channing   Composer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
Nick DiDia   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Brendan O'Brien   Producer
Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
Tom Sarig   Management
Nick Hornby   Liner Notes
Gaslight Anthem   Composer
Tobbe Lorentz   Booking
Marsha Vlasic   Booking

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