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I’ve talked about my love of Brucecore (music released in the last couple years that has been heavily influenced by Bruce Springsteen) before. The first band with that sound that I really fell in love with was The Gaslight Anthem. Their release The ’59 Sound stayed in my rotation for about 6 months and I still listen to it pretty quickly. Much like their name suggests, they create anthemic songs, songs that you can’t help but sing-a-long with. In addition to having a punk influenced, Springsteen sound, that hearkens back to a nostalgic time that may or may not have existed, the lyrical content draws you back as well, imagining a time when life was simple and if you needed to think, you’d just get in your car and drive. After three fairly successful albums on indie labels XOXO and Side One Dummy, they’re readying their first release on major label Mercury (subsidiary of Island/Def Jam, which is a subsidiary of Universal) and they’re getting a little nostalgic for their breakout record, The ’59 Sound, promising that Handwritten will sound more like that, than their most recent album, American Slang. If the first single, 45, is any indication, I think that I’ll like it a lot.
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet – 13 from “Sport Fishin’”
The Gaslight Anthem – 45 from “Handwritten”
Youth Group – 2 Sider from “Daytrotter.com Session”
Stars – The Theory Of Relativity from “The North”
Paper Lions – Ghostwriters from “At Long Creek”
Metric – Artificial Nocturne from “Synthetica”
Dirty Projectors – Dance For You from “Swing Lo Magellan”
The Welcome Wagon – High from “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices”
Bon Iver – Beth/Rest
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