Full Details of the BIBJ Millennial Playlist Hullabaloo are available here. Today's entry is #27: The '59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem (2008)
We've spent a considerable amount of time (and will spend much more in the next three months) analyzing what makes bands/albums/songs great. Sometimes it involves productions layers, nuanced lyrics, perhaps an emotional or visceral component impossible to quantify. Through this analyisis, one often attempts to utilize these small components as part of a larger musical truth (see yesterday's post for a refresher.) But once in a while you need a palate cleanser.
There's nothing particularly special about The Gaslight Anthem. They love Springsteen. They probably love Jimmy Eat World and The Replacements. Perhaps they're even fond of Eddie and The Cruisers. But there is something to be said for a band that has no obvious musical agenda, aside from straight forward rock songs. Their last album was one of the best of 2008, and they're even able to win over Dave in the span of a song. "What are you, the drummer?"
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound (mp3)