On their four previous studio albums, the New Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem have charted a steady course away from the earnest trad-punk of their 2007 debut Sink Or Swim, toward the grandly triumphant festival-rock of Handwritten, without really altering their hardscrabble tough-but-wounded personality. The band’s new album Get Hurt attempts to push that curve even further into what would’ve been called “mainstream rock” 10 or 20 years ago. Parts of the album sound a bit like Kings Of Leon or the Killers, while also sounding like the Gaslight Anthem, more or less. I’m still trying to decide how I feel about it, but the album definitely has some jams. We’ve posted their songs “Rollin’ And Tumblin’,” “Get Hurt,” and “Stay Vicious,” and now the whole album is streaming at iTunes.
Get Hurt is out 8/16 on Mercury.