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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:32 am

I was also real hesitant about listening to the album before getting the official copy, but it was to hard to avoid.

The album is really really wonderful. From first listen it got me and it keeps growing on me. I am already connecting with it. It seems almost more soulfull then ever, and has a really great mix of fast paced songs and slower, rhtythm & blues type stuff. The album is definitely different in certain respects but is also classic Gaslight Anthem at the same time, they found a great balance and variety. Favorite tracks so far, Diamond church street choir and Stay lucky are up there.

Hard to say yet if it beats the previous albums, but it is definitely giving me the same great feeling as those did.

I cannot stop listening to this album, good job boys!
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:24 am

well, this album has started to grow on me and there are some great tracks, but i dont understand what everyone sees in TDCSC. i just dont get it...i think it's one of the weakest tracks. what am i missing? im pretty familiar with the whole new brunswick night/bar scene and i get the song, but i just dont think it's that great. def not one of the better tracks like most people think. idk..maybe i will grow on me, but i doubt it.
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PostSubject: Put it Down   Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:18 am

Really into the album, have tracked through it several times. I think I will need to move away from it for awhile, I burnt myself out quick with the 59 Sound. I will get it on Vinyl and CD when pre-orders go out. Listened to Jesse Malin's new album and will have on vinyl on Tuesday. Recommend it. American Slang is a continuation of the 59 sound, sort of like 21'st century breakdown for Green Day from American Idiot. THis is not a bad thing. To me AMerican Slang succeeds most is because it feels like they just went to the studio with raw emotion, from Brian's vocals to Alex guitar playing, and most noticibly the rhythm section of Benny and Alex really shine. Stay Young is probally my favorite track. Can't wait to have the phyical copy. Support your musicians, everyone buy this.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:37 am

Angry Johnny wrote:
well, this album has started to grow on me and there are some great tracks, but i dont understand what everyone sees in TDCSC. i just dont get it...i think it's one of the weakest tracks. what am i missing? im pretty familiar with the whole new brunswick night/bar scene and i get the song, but i just dont think it's that great. def not one of the better tracks like most people think. idk..maybe i will grow on me, but i doubt it.

Man, I can't explain it. It's by far my favorite and probably my favorite TGA song bar none at the moment. The bounce it has, the catchiness, the lyrics, the local feel, the incredible vocals, the snapping...it all comes together for me, man. Sorry you don't dig it, but for me it's just the best.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:00 am

jeffrey2 wrote:
American Slang is a continuation of the 59 sound, sort of like 21'st century breakdown for Green Day from American Idiot.

we're clearly on a different planet, as I found 21st utterly forgettable, only a continuation in a 'really bad outtakes' kind of way

while American Slang is thankfully not a break with what came before, it's a progression, rather than mere continuation

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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:22 am

Even though I don't rate this album as highly-as of now- I am very excited to hear it live. I fell that after hearing the raw essence of the song played live, I"ll appreciate it more.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:26 am

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Angry Johnny wrote:
well, this album has started to grow on me and there are some great tracks, but i dont understand what everyone sees in TDCSC. i just dont get it...i think it's one of the weakest tracks. what am i missing? im pretty familiar with the whole new brunswick night/bar scene and i get the song, but i just dont think it's that great. def not one of the better tracks like most people think. idk..maybe i will grow on me, but i doubt it.

Man, I can't explain it. It's by far my favorite and probably my favorite TGA song bar none at the moment. The bounce it has, the catchiness, the lyrics, the local feel, the incredible vocals, the snapping...it all comes together for me, man. Sorry you don't dig it, but for me it's just the best.

I think it's one of Brian's best vocals. Ever.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:36 am

yeah, no complaints on the vocals whatsoever. i just dont really care for the song much and im surprised by how many people do. oh well, it's just me i guess.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:23 am

I'm not even a big fan of TGA, but this whole situation pisses me off because of the sheer amount of independent releases that the douchebag leaked.

And unlike what his last.fm page (now gone) may have suggested, he's not a fan of TGA. He wrote on a forum that no one would care about the leaks because they were "just shitty indie albums." He's a fan of utter shit like Kid Cudi, Lady Gaga and Lil' Wayne.

His name is Alexander Kip Kerschner, he's 16 and from the Netherlands, and has a douchey haircut. Here's a link to his facebook profile:

http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Kip-Kershner/735033423

Loving the irony that he's a fan of "Petition to Shorten Lil' Wayne's Jail Time," since he's now a criminal himself.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:44 am

Hawk wrote:
I'm not even a big fan of TGA, but this whole situation pisses me off because of the sheer amount of independent releases that the douchebag leaked.

And unlike what his last.fm page (now gone) may have suggested, he's not a fan of TGA. He wrote on a forum that no one would care about the leaks because they were "just shitty indie albums." He's a fan of utter shit like Kid Cudi, Lady Gaga and Lil' Wayne.

His name is Alexander Kip Kerschner, he's 16 and from the Netherlands, and has a douchey haircut. Here's a link to his facebook profile:

http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Kip-Kershner/735033423

Loving the irony that he's a fan of "Petition to Shorten Lil' Wayne's Jail Time," since he's now a criminal himself.

you posted that in another thread as well and it really doesn't belong here

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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:45 am

Well, there isn't really a specific to put it. I just want this fucker's name to be revealed to everyone - hopefully someone in the Netherlands who can take matters into their own hands.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:58 am

I like it, I can't really get into We Did It When We Were Young though. The first time I heard it had such a nice buildup and I was thinking 'this might top The Backseat as an albumcloser for me'.

But then it just ended :/

I was hoping for some sort of epic eruption of awesomeness but the song was just simply over. Gave it a few other listens, along with the whole album, and it's not like I hate it, but it would have been such a better song for me if it had some sort of 'harder' part. Not necessarily very loud or hard, but if the song just packed a bit more of a punch I would have thought of it as amazing I think.

Overall, I really like the album. I'm not completely blown out of my seat by it, but it's solid, upbeat and seems very positive to me despite of the serious and dramatic nature of some of the lyrics :]
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:55 am

Hawk wrote:
Well, there isn't really a specific to put it. I just want this fucker's name to be revealed to everyone - hopefully someone in the Netherlands who can take matters into their own hands.

What do you mean by "take matters into their own hands?" We're music fans, not anti-piracy vigilantes. Your crusade doesn't amount to a hill of beans. The kid leaked some albums. Yeah, it's a rough deal, but if it can be taken care of in the legal system, it will. It's not like he was robbing orphans or sending Al-Qaeda checks in the mail. Nothing he did is worth people doing cruel things to him or his family, and none of us have the authority or right to 'take matters into our own hands.' It's not our music, it's not our place.
You may not like what he did, but internet harassment and the e-mob mentality rarely ends well, so I'd just let it go.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:27 pm

Well, getting back to TDCSC... it really reminds of Casanova, Baby! in that it makes me feel like dancing on rooftops. I think Brian's voice sounds great in it, and you can tell he's pushing it and trying some new things. Everyone sounds like they're really pushing it on this album to me, and that's pretty exciting.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:18 am

I love the entire album. The sound is different in a very good way, I do kind of miss all the gruffness of Brian's voice in SoS and '59S though. I still absolutely love the new album.

American Slang 8.5/10
Stay Lucky
7/10
Bring It On
10/10
The Diamond Church Street Choir
10/10
The Queen of Lower Chelsea
9/10
Orphans
7/10
Boxer
9.5/10
Old Haunts
10/10
The Spirit of Jazz
8/10
We Did It When We Were Young 8/10


The intro to Boxer is absolutely killer. And I love all the new chorus lines in the background, very Springsteen-esque.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:28 am

One thing that I found it that you know when it's live and theres bits of silence in a song that Brian will fill with improvisation. This record, there silence is just filled with more lyrics so it feels more live vocally to me. If this makes any sense at all.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:17 am

These reviews sound very promising but I've always had the tradition of waiting for a hard copy for highly anticipated albums. Can't wait to hear it though!
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:12 pm

Hmm, after listening to the album for the last week and a bit I have to say i'm disappointed with it. Don't get me wrong, it's a good album with some standout tracks but overall I found it to be a letdown, probably because I loved the T59S so much and hoped they'd create something even better. As it stands, a lot of the songs sound too similar and lack any ambition to stray away from the standard "Gaslight" sound. Even Brians lyrics, which I usually love, are a step down from T59s, Senor and a lot of the tracks off SoS.

Still love the band but I hope they have a lot more ambition when they get to following up this album and maybe experiment a bit more because when they do on American Slang, particularly on The Queen of Lower Chelsea, The Diamond Church Street Choir and We Did It When We Were Young they make brilliant songs. I'd rate the album 3/5.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:24 pm

Alrighty then...

American Slang: The first track I heard, and it made me think "Shit, this is going to be one damn good record!" It's a good, solid song, but I think they've probably done a lot better. Still, it gets a nice 8/10, and I reckon it'll be cracking live.

Stay Lucky: Up there with my all-time favourites, and I love the line "Speak soon, Stay Lucky" a hell of a lot, along with the way Brian sings "When your knees/Got so weak" One of the strongest tracks easily. 10/10.

Bring It On.: A grower, for sure. Wasn't overfond of it first time I heard it, but the more I listened to it the more I liked it. Quite epic, love the line "Give me the children you wanna raise" in particular. 9/10.

The Diamond Church Street Choir: Oh wow. Fucking wow. The first time I heard this, I couldn't quite believe it. Sounds nothing like anything they've ever done before, and yet instantly TGA as well, which is odd. Reminds me a lot of Wild, Innocent, E Street Shuffle-era Springsteen, but even better. 10/10.

The Queen Of Lower Chelsea: I love the lead guitar line in this one, but overall I'm not too sure if it's ever gonna be a favourite. Lyrically it's pretty strong, but then again there isn't a Gaslight song that has bad lyrics. 8/10

Orphans: I dunno about this one either. It sounds a lot like something off Sink Or Swim, but I don't know if it would actually replace anything on that record for me. It's not bad though, maybe it'll grow on me more. 7/10.

Boxer: Instantly loved it, same as Diamond. The intro threw me a bit, but as soon as it kicked in I thought it was brilliant. I also now love the intro now that I know what's coming. Good times. 10/10.

Old Haunts: Lyrical contender for the strongest song on the album. Grew on me quite a lot, packs a real punch and it's probably the most Springsteen-esque song on the album along with Diamond, as much as the band are probably tired of being mentioned along with Bruce. 9/10.

The Spirit Of Jazz: Not really listened to it that much yet, but it's grown on me a little. Would be good live, I reckon. 7/10

We Did It When We Were Young: Liked it the first time, loved it the first time, at this point I could make love to it. It's beautiful, it's like the best U2 song ever made in some ways, and I like U2. Lyrically it blows me away, the lines "And I missed you for so long, when we were lions, lovers in combat, faded like your name on those jeans that I burned..." reminds me of my girlfriend, which is always good. Could very well make me cry live. 10/10.

All in all, I'd give it 9/10 at this point, but I think it could easily grow to a 10. Dunno if it'll ever take over The '59 Sound in my affectons though.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Thu May 20, 2010 3:41 am

anyone else think orphans sounds a bit like the archers bows have broken by brand new?
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Thu May 27, 2010 5:18 pm

I finally gave in and listened! I've had this sitting on my computer, for over a month. But I finally decided to listen to "Boxer" yesterday on their Myspace page, and I fucking loved it so much, it was all over then. I went and listened to the whole thing...I'll just say it was my birthday present to myself.

I love it. Still not sure where I'd place it on a scale of one to ten, or compared to their other records, but it's definitely great having some new Gaslight music. I'd say "Boxer" is my favorite, even more than "Bring It On", I just love everything about the song-- the guitar, the bass, the lyrics, the overall vibe of the song, I've listened to it so many times. "Old Haunts" is pretty great, too. I really love the guitar, on the whole record in general, it stands out to me. Wish I could elaborate more, but I don't play guitar.

I can't wait to hear all these songs live.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Thu May 27, 2010 7:11 pm

steph wrote:
I finally gave in and listened!

Good on you. I knew you would succumb eventually.

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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Thu May 27, 2010 10:00 pm

I'd say this album is a grower. Whereas all other releases have been so immediate (Boomboxes,Senor,Great Expectations) this album is not so. Some of the songs do have the risk of sounding very similar.


But those mediocre points aside, I love this record. It took a while for me to get into, and it would have had to be the greatest record ever made to better The 59 Sound, and it's not. But that's no dissapointment. All the songs on this record are at a consistent level of brilliance. I can't quite pick a favourite yet, but I am happy with the record.
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Fri May 28, 2010 3:11 am

steady now steady now wrote:
steph wrote:
I finally gave in and listened!

Good on you. I knew you would succumb eventually.

haha yeah. im really quite impressed with myself, i normally have no willpower whatsoever. so, good on me! haha
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PostSubject: Re: American Slang album - personal reviews   Fri May 28, 2010 4:34 am

I was one of the ones that listened to the album ASAP......just could not resist! I pretty much enjoyed it from the start (first/second listen), which appears to be the opposite for others, as I hear quite a few on here state that the album is a "grower" and requires time to get use to. For me, since I liked it so quickly and played it almost daily, I am now attempting to avoid it until the release of the official version of the album/I obtain my preorder because I do not want to get sick of it or "play it out".

Overall, I really like the album! Is it better than The 59 Sound? No, but I don't think anything would have been either. Honestly, I know they say different, but in making this album, I don't even think they truly believed they could top that album. I believe there confidence is now growing though, as they are relatively young and just starting to come in to their own.

What I really like about the album is it's theme, subject matter, lyrical content & quality and the album's cohesiveness. They do a great job at integrating the songs to fit the underlying meaning of the album. What's most impressive about this is that they manage to do so while still avoiding having all the songs sound the same. While they come together to form American Slang, there is still some variety in my opinion.

Also, I like the direction that they went with this album, in terms of sound. It is a progression, introducing some new elements, but also very much still incorporates aspects of Sink or Swim, Senor and the Queen, and The 59 Sound, which is great! I want them to evolve (nothing drastic) in terms of sound but still stay true to who they are/their roots, which this album does in my opinion. I will say that American Slang shows their Bruce influence more than prior albums, which is something I thought they were trying to get away from. Personally, I can care less about that; it doesn't bother me one bit. Sure there is Bruce in their music but they clearly have an identity/sound of their own in my mind.

My favorite/strongest tracks include "Boxer", "Old Haunts", "Orphans", "The Spirit of Jazz", and "Bring It On". I am starting to really connect with "The Queen of Lower Chelsea"! "We Did It When We Were Young" is slowly becoming sort of a grower but still one of the weakest tracks in my opinion. Both "Stay Lucky" and "The Diamond Church Street Choir" are just average songs on the album to me (I know I'll get some shit for that comment, as so many enjoy TDCSC). Lastly, "American Slang" while a good representation of the album, is definitely the worst song on the album and a below average song for TGA overall (not lyrically).

In regards to the album's negative features, most noticeable was the length and limited number of tracks. Too many artists these days are doing 10 song albums. Not a fan! My other complaint is the order in which the songs are listed. I know some will disagree with me, but the second half of the album is superior. As I stated above, my four favorite tracks are #6, 7, 8, and 9. That's a problem when trying to listen to an album in it's entirety from start to finish (like I can with their other 3 albums). Again, there is some variety on the album but it's just not mixed up/separated enough. I usually just skip around when listening. Lastly, I'm disappointed that they did not put the bonus song on the CD (or at least I don't think it's included).

Overall, the album is pretty damn good as a whole! I certainly recommend it. Disregarding the TGA's previous work, I would give this album a 9/10! However, in measuring "American Slang" with prior TGA releases in mind, it would be more along the lines of a 7 or 8/10. I guess I have it up there pretty even with "Sink or Swim" in terms of likeability, but not as great as "The Senor and the Queen" or "The 59 Sound", which are both next to perfect in my mind! It will be interesting to see how well it does though, in terms of sales and likeability (to hardcore, average, and possible new fans). I wonder how the band will view it a year from now? Lets all hope it does great!

Apologize for the long post. Hope to see other's reviews, comments, concerns, etc.
 
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