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PostSubject: Punknews.org's end of year lists   Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:17 am

I know there are a lot of top 10 lists out there, but www.punknews.org is where I have always gone for my information and this year they did a readers top 10 and editors top 10 list... both have TGA's 59 Sound as the album of the year!

...radical

Editor's list: http://www.punknews.org/review/7928
Fan's list: http://www.punknews.org/article/31758
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PostSubject: Re: Punknews.org's end of year lists   Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:58 am

I couldnt believe it when I read that stupid paragraph at the end of one of the staff picks about how bad GA are. I mean opinions are fair enough but devoting a whole unnecessary paragraph about how bad they are is just juvenile.
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PostSubject: Re: Punknews.org's end of year lists   Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:10 am

Especially since TGA are amazing - who can disagree I wonder?
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PostSubject: Re: Punknews.org's end of year lists   Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:03 am

http://www.punknews.org/review/7921

"Here's the thing: I get it. I understand that the band conjures up the
same kind of energy and affinity for '50s rock 'n' roll culture that
Bruce Springsteen did in his heydey. I understand that. But I have
issues with this album. If you strip away the image, the styling, the
cultural references and overlays, you're left with basic mid-tempo
four-chord boring modern punk music. Now, it's understandable that
Born to Run's
Spector-ish production might be a little intimidating. There are a lot
of bells on it. But Max Weinberg didn't play the same drum pattern for
every song, 15 to 20 beats a minute difference in tempo. And Bruce
didn't let Stevie Van Zandt play the same crappy guitar parts over and
over. And Bruce built his songs on basic chord progressions. It's hard
to say this (maybe it isn't), but Gaslight Anthem is just another
gimmick band. Replace the tattoos and Chuck Taylors and white Lincolns
with Balkan music and you've got Gogol Bordello. Replace it with Irish
instrumentation and you've got Flogging Molly. These bands are all just
flavors of the week. Now I think these kids may be onto something, but
we've got to be honest here: It's unimaginative, repetitive, and
derivative. And hey, if we're all shouting "It's just like Bruce
Springsteen" as a selling point, why don't we just go back and
listen
to Bruce Springsteen. The man has at least six albums worth of solid
material. There's no need for a half-assed tribute if we've got the
original at our fingertips."


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PostSubject: Re: Punknews.org's end of year lists   Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:58 pm

Ugh, that exact attack could be used against any band under the sun. Imagery and image are not the same thing.

I'm also starting to get a teeny bit annoyed with people latching onto the Springsteen thing and ignoring the fact that TGA have other various influences. "Old White Lincoln" sounds more like the Cure than anything else.
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