Handwritten is the fourth release from New Jersey post punk quartet The Gaslight Anthem. This album is proof that these guys have turned from punk rock kids into a finally tuned rock and roll outfit.
With a blues ridden soul and heart felt lyrics, front man Brian Fallon wears his heart on his sleeve on this as he brings his mind set to the plate in every lyric. Despite Fallon being the main song writer in The Gaslight Anthem, this is an outfit that wouldn’t work with without any of the other elements of the band.
Stand out tracks on this album despite the title track have to be ’45’ the Tom Petty cover ‘You Got Lucky’, and ‘Here Comes My Man’. These songs reek of Springsteen like story telling whilst containing a punk rock edge that The Gaslight Anthem are well known for.
The only fault on this track is the inclusion of the Nirvana classic Sliver. Although it is not a bad cover, I personally believe that Nirvana is a band that should not be covered by anyone no matter how good of a band they are.
If you are already a fan of the band then Handwritten will not let you down, and if you haven’t heard the band before then sort your act out. Handwritten is in the running for the best album of 2012 in my opinion. 9/10