Quintessential Album Tuesday :: The ’59 Sound :: The Gaslight Anthem


The ’59 Sound :: The Gaslight Anthem
Quintessential Album Tuesday

A Little History:

The ’59 Sound is the second studio album by American rock band The Gaslight Anthem, released on August 19, 2008 on SideOneDummy Records.

Regarding the differences between The ’59 Sound and their first full-length album, Sink or Swim, guitarist Alex Rosamilia noted that, “For Sink or Swim, we had a week or so and what we brought to the studio. For [this] last record we had about 5 weeks and quite the arsenal of gear to tear through. Which did lead to a couple ideas I don’t think we would’ve had otherwise.”

In December 2008, eMusic named The ’59 Sound the best album of 2008. NME rated it as the 47th best album of the year. The title track was number 62 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008. In July 2009, following Bruce Springsteen’s guest appearances with the band at Glastonbury and Hyde Park, sales of the album doubled.

What Makes This “Quintessential” In Three Sentences:

The first boy I ever loved in more than an unrequited way got me loving Bruce Springsteen, and the rock sensibilities that he encompassed, as well as gifted me a love for 50’s music that I had only toyed with once before during a short-stint rockabilly phase in junior high. I fell hard for the sung stories of the every person, of love and heartbreak, and the kind of struggles to get by I recognized myself in, all of which are overflowing in The ’59 Sound. I love the literary references, the hard times growing up rites of passage, and the love that is, and the love that was, and what comes next.

My Top 5 Favorite Songs

1. Here’ s Looking At You Kid

2. The ’59 Sound

3. Great Expectations

4. Miles Davis & The Cool

5. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues


4 thoughts on “Quintessential Album Tuesday :: The ’59 Sound :: The Gaslight Anthem

  1. Such a good disc. Part Bruce, part Yorn, part Westerberg, part Against Me! … “High and Lonesome” is still one of my jams.

  2. Such a good disc. Part Bruce, a little Yorn, a sprinkle of Westerberg, a whole lotta Against Me! … “High and Lonesome” is still one of my jams.

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