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American Slang

EMAILPRINTby The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem reviews
9.1 User Score:

Generally favorable reviews

Based on 21 critic reviews
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Based on 11 votes
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Album Info

Label: Side One Dummy

Release Date: 15 June 2010

Discs: 1 disc

Genre(s): Indie/Alternative, Rock


These Jersey punks bring together blue-collar-boy storytelling--similar to that of Springsteen--with loud guitars, growling vocals, and a raucous attitude on their latest release, lending a raw and rough edge to their melodic rock tracks.

What The Critics Said

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American Slang delivers spectacularly on all expected fronts. Everything that was great about The ’59 Sound is here, but the sound is even bigger, epic without getting blustery.

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Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)

American Slang takes the best of what the band has shown they can do, and moves it into early '60's Motown, combining it with a rich Springsteen/Strummer sound (which is just how Fallon will always be; it works for him, get over it) over a soulful rhythm section, with sprinkles of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Smokey Robinson in there for good measure.

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The Onion (A.V. Club)

The band’s third LP, American Slang, represents a welcome, organic progression. It’s more varied in style than the excellent (but samey) The ’59 Sound, and the songs feel more original—the product of Brian Fallon’s notebooks, not his record collection.

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Fallon's understanding of the redemptive power of music elevates American Slang from being a good record to a great one.

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Entertainment Weekly

With shouted-till-we're-hoarse vocals, taut guitars, and a grizzled demeanor that suggests too many night shifts, they've got Garden State attitude down.

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BBC Music

As such it’s not so much a bad record as a weirdly redundant one: four talented, passionate musicians do a perfectly reasonable job of making a record that sounds a good deal like vintage Springsteen, but fail to really leave their own mark on the music.

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Drowned In Sound

Even with that super high-gloss finish, it's hard to dispute the depth of songwriting talent throughout American Slang, and as a summer rock album, it's (quite literally) nigh on faultless.

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Q Magazine

American Slang isn't a record to change the world. But if Brian Fallon is yet to take on the Springsteen mantle of seeing and articulating that world way beyond his own neighborhood, it will surely bringh im closer still to The Boss' heartland audience.



American Slang is a very subtle step forward from The '59 Sound, conjuring exactly the same thrills from slightly different angles. They're still the archetypal blue-collar all-American rock band given an emotionally sloppy, musically slick post-punk makeover.

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Alternative Press

American Slang is no disappointment--these are expertly written songs by a band who continue to learn who they are and what they play as time goes on. [Jul 2010, p.121]



American Slang sticks to the template Fallon's been hammering away at since the band's beginning; its stories star the same kind of characters and its garage-punk sound still sparkles with flashes of Motown and R&B.;

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American Slang is a big step forward for the Gaslight Anthem, showing more consistency and ambition than The ‘59 Sound.

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Paste Magazine

True to form, this brisk, exhaust-scented third album makes an ambitious return to the Boss’ scenic Friday night carnival for a familiar but still-mighty wallop of muscular, crying riffs and good old-fashioned restlessness.

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Even if many of the album's lyrics find Fallon looking back in anger, American Slang ultimately proves The Gaslight Anthem are not afraid to move forward.

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Village Voice

The Gaslight Anthem's profound affection for and commitment to their forebears are just as present as they were before, but only here does the band sound as eager to bury as to praise them.

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Rolling Stone

American Slang can feel forced, as if Fallon is searching for meaning just beyond his fingertips. But when he attaches his howl to a first-class tune, he's unstoppable.

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Slant Magazine

With American Slang, the Gaslight Anthem takes another step away from their riff-punk past, leaning more heavily on their classic-rock influences and letting their snotty, Warped Tour tendencies take more of a backseat than ever before.

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New Musical Express (NME)

It’s fair to say Gaslight are a band who have made people’s lives immeasurably better simply by existing; American Slang won’t change anyone’s world and it’s unfair to punish it for not, but we just hoped for… more.

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Los Angeles Times

For American Slang, they dig even deeper into their source material — Otis, Elvis, Replacements. It's to dutiful and evocative effect, but a little bit at the expense of the punky pluck that leavened their highway-wide serious streak.

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On their latest LP, the group's influences -- the thrift store soul of early E Street Band, late period Clash, and the besotted rock of The Replacements -- are still worn on their sleeves. [July 2010]


The Guardian

In fairness, it's not all bad news. There's an admirable efficiency and directness about American Slang, which dispatches 10 songs in barely half an hour. It's hard to deny Fallon's ability to write anthemic melodies.

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What Our Users Said

The average user rating for this album is 9.1 (out of 10) based on 11 User Votes

Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

Mel@ T gave it an8:
Another great album by these guys. Not as immediately catchy as 59 sound, but give it a couple of listens if you're at first disappointed and you'll warm up to it.

bk khan gave it a9:
The Gaslight Anthem are simply a fun band--their music is jam-packed with catchy hooks and choruses, and their music is often joyful. This is really the sound of summer!

P B gave it a10:
Even better than The '59 Sound. This album is fantastic and The Gaslight Anthem are set to take the summer music scene by storm.

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