One album in particularly heavy rotation here at the moment is American Slang, the latest effort from Jersey boys The Gaslight Anthem. It's another slice of nostalgia for a bygone US way of life, in keeping with their debut but moving things on in enough ways to feel like a solid stride forwards.
This new video for the title track gives a good idea of what the band achieve on the newie, all wistful word and tone from singer Brian Fallon, overlaying simple but engaging melodies and beats from the band behind him. It's the sound of a band stepping into their developing position as mainstream rock staples, with songs that could certainly chart but not lose the honesty with which they're imbued simply because they suddenly cover the airwaves.
Despite only a brief period with the record, I'm already envisioning it sound tracking upcoming road trips and summer moments, a sure sign of a year highlight. And if it can top the return value of the 2008's The '59 Sound, we'll be onto a real winner here. Furthermore, you can stream the whole thing at Rolling Stone, to prove just how utterly right that is.