So this is what this reviewer of Get Hurt makes of us fans:
"The Gaslight Anthem seem to have two types of fans: regular fans, who carry a respect and an appreciation for the band and their catalogue, and those who doggedly compare singer Brian Fallon’s every lyric and each of guitarist Alex Rosamilia’s melodies on the fretboard to the twangy, vintage Americana-punk nostalgia sound honed on the 2008 release The ’59 Sound.
Despite that 2010’s American Slang and 2012’s ambitious Handwritten, fanboys of The ’59 Sound decried the band’s ever-growing distance from the record, while appreciators of the band found the same passion and excellence in new releases. [...]
It only takes looking at comments on the band’s Facebook page to understand the distinct divide between fans; for every piece of praise directed at the new tunes, there’s a comment longing for Gaslight circa-2008, lamenting their ways.
The band is jumping into a new pond with both feet on Get Hurt, committing to a new sound and a new presentation of The Gaslight Anthem. If fans do the same, they’re sure to enjoy a bombastic and radical record. If you’re praying for another ’59 Sound, stop. Your prayers were answered six years ago."