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The Gaslight Anthem: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Ian Gittins, The Guardian, 10 February 2009

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM are doomed to be forever compared with Bruce Springsteen. Similarly hailing from New Jersey, this raw four-piece play muscular, taut rock'n'roll songs about small-town America and the insatiable hopes and dreams of the people living there. On their recent second album, The '59 Sound, vocalist Brian Fallon has even perfected the throaty, urgent growl of the Boss as he itemises the bruised, defiantly optimistic yearnings of the American everyman.

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