I generally hate the term "feel all the feelings" or worse, "feel all the feels," but in this case I couldn't think of a better way to put it. My beloved Gaslight Anthem put out a new record this week, and even though I doubted it (such a bad fan), as it turns out, it just might be one of my very favorites.
When I first saw the teaser video for the album I was really turned off. The song sounded like a worse version of Chad Kroeger (if that's even possible) and I had to listen to it a few times to let it sink in that this could possibly be the new direction I'd been reading about. But then I heard Rolling and Tumbling and loved it, and then listened to Get Hurt and loved it even more. THEN I read this article (thank you Emily for sending it my way) and it all started to make sense.
When I finally got a chance to listen to the entire album I was blown away. I'm typically a pretty intense person when I love something, so when I say I think this album is amazing I really mean it, but I also don't think this album will be for everyone...even people who really love the band.
My favorite part about Get Hurt is just how much emotion and feeling is in it- it's the kind of album I want to listen to when I'm sad, so I can really, really feel sad. Do you do that too? ...or am I the only weirdo here? haha. I'm also a lyrics person, and between the Tom Waits-esque Have Mercy and the Dashboard-esque Halloween (no one else has agreed with me on this one), I'm in heaven. All of the songs are just so great, and yes, even Stay Vicious has won me over after a few listens.
I'm so curious to hear what you think too- are you loving this album? What songs are your favorite? So far my top five are Underneath the Ground, 1,000 Years, Dark Places, Halloween, and Have Mercy. Let me know what you think!
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