GASLIGHT ANTHEM, THE: Señor and the Queen: CDEP

Here comes my poorest and undoubtedly least understandable simile for this issue, but I’m standing by it: the Gaslight Anthem sound like what I would imagine a genetic recombination of R.E.M. and the Bouncing Souls to sound like. This is one of those records on which even the music sounds like it’s in a thoughtful and introspective mood. This would be a great record for driving around town while wistful and vaguely dissatisfied with things. Rocks well, but provokes inward musings at the same time. I like it a bit more every time I hear it.

 –Eric Carlson (Sabot Productions)