The Gaslight Anthem were introduced me by Ash, my boyfriend, in Spring 2009. The 59 Sound quickly became one of my favourite albums, followed by American Slang and a 'Stay Lucky' tattoo. The anticipation of Handwritten was made worse by the delay in shipment, but finally, it arrived.
|The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten|
Whilst waiting for the songs to import in to iTunes, I took out the sleeve. The sentence quoted above started a beautiful piece of writing over two pages by the author of one of my favourite books, Nick Hornby. I already had a great feeling about this.
I listened to the album from start to finish a day later, and I cannot say a bad word. Beautiful lyrics as always, some ballsy guitars and that 50s sound. Keepsake, Howl, and "45" are such amazing songs, I know they will stick with me.
I cannot wait to watch them at Reading Festival this year, and again on their own tour in Birmingham. Gaslight, I love you.
PS. Make sure you watch the video for Handwritten, below