The Gaslight Anthem – iTunes Session EP
by Cara McGrath (Graphic Design), published October 31st 2011
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A new Gaslight studio album is underway, and lead singer/songwriter Brian Fallon’s side project, the Horrible Crowes, put out their debut album, Elsie, in September. But if that isn’t enough for you Fallon fans, you’ll be happy to hear that The Gaslight Anthem released their iTunes Session EP on October 18, almost two months ahead of schedule.
The EP starts off with a cover of The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly.” Okay, I’m sure many of you are already thinking that no one can successfully cover such a classic. Although the track isn’t as mind-blowing as the original, Gaslight’s version is filled with powerful energy and emotion and is a solid cover overall. The band recorded three additional covers for the album, Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust,” The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” and, my personal favorite, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Refugee.” The Gaslight Anthem adds a unique flare to each song, and in my opinion, does each artist justice. My bet is that you’ll love each of their renditions.
The album also includes alternate versions of two original Gaslight songs. The first is “Boxer,” which was formerly released on their 2010 hit album, American Slang. The new version is slow, raw, and full of feeling; Fallon’s talent and versatility especially shine through on this track. The second is “The Navesink Banks,” a tune from the band’s first full-length effort, Sink or Swim. The iTunes Session recording has raw, passionate vocals, and, unlike the original, finishes with a rocking ending.
Don’t be disappointed; there are new lyrics to be heard on the album as well. Fallon delivers excellence as usual with the previously unreleased track, “Our Fathers Sons.” And if you purchase the EP on iTunes, you’ll also get a twelve-minute interview with Fallon.
The majority of Gaslight Anthem fans will agree that this is not their best release. It doesn’t compare to their 2008 masterpiece, The ’59 Sound. This EP does, however, showcase Brian Fallon’s powerful voice and the musical talent of every member of the band. This album is still a great one and is sure to hold Gaslight fans over until the release of their upcoming LP, expected in Summer 2012.
To stream the album for free: http://gaslightanthem.
Recommended Tracks: Boxer, Baba O’Reilly, Refugee, Our Father’s Sons