If you ever wondered what a completely accessible Gaslight Anthem record sounded like, that would be their last album, Handwritten. That album was like the pop-rock version of the New Jersey-based band. With their new album, Get Hurt, the band is back to their old ways - they make blue collar rock with some old-school punk elements. They do that with this new album, and it's one of their better releases.
Get Hurt works well for a number of reasons. One of them being that it's a giant record of Gaslight Anthem. There are sixteen songs featured on this record, and plenty of quality work. The other thing that works for the band on this outing - it's that none of the songs sound the same. There's little to no boredom found on this album- it's an entertaining listen filled with vocalist Brian Fallon's raspy and emotional croon. His voice is still eerily similar to Springsteen's but I'd go out on a limb and say that while Springsteen is probably a better vocalist - especially in his prime - Fallon can transfer emotion and feelings that Springsteen can't. The Boss can't really do angry well, Fallon can do anger, longing, depression, and a myriad of other emotions. That's the reason why The Gaslight Anthem make such a deep connection with their audience.
If Get Hurt has a weakness that Handwritten doesn't it's that accessibility factor. I'm not saying that this record should be identical to that one it's just that the songs aren't collectively as good as they were with the last record. The production quality isn't on the same level as the last record either, it's not drastically worse - it's just not quite as good.
The Gaslight Anthem's Get Hurt will please their longtime listeners and it'll even please the crowd that latched on with them with their last record. It's an enduring emotional vocal from Fallon that pave the way from some great music here - even though it's not as good as their last album.