Last time the Gaslight Anthem released an album it was a couple days after the Dark Knight tragedy in Colorado. This time, their new album comes on the heels of another tragedy, just of a different nature. Yesterday, we lost a comedy giant. The greatest of all time could be an understatement. I remember a story Bruce Springsteen told that inspired him. It was a couple of months after 9/11, when Bruce and his family were at church. A fellow church-goer shouted to him in passing, “We need you, Bruce.” That sentiment helped push Bruce to make “The Rising”…one of the best albums of the past twenty years. We needed Bruce’s music to help us through the malaise. He delivered. Not everyone can be Bruce Springsteen. But music can soothe our savage beasts. In times of need, it’s music that can keep us centered.
The Gaslight Anthem is one of those bands rooted in the veins of what it is to be an average person in America. What it means to bust your ass just to make rent, what it means to know happiness comes from a backyard bbq with friends rather than bottle service at a club, and what it means to endure extreme hardship and have to power on. We all lost Robin Williams. The world is less funny today without him in it. Bands like The Gaslight Anthem remind us that we’re not alone, we all share this loss together.
Here are the 11 Best Songs By The Gaslight Anthem:
- American Slang (American Slang)
- 45 (Handwritten)
- I Coul’da Been A Contender (Sink Or Swim)
- Handwritten (Handwritten)
- The Patient Ferris Wheel (The ’59 Sound)
- Howl (Handwritten)
- Stay Lucky (American Slang)
- The ’59 Sound (The ’59 Sound)
- We’re Getting A Divorce, You Keep The Diner (Sink Or Swim)
- 1930 (Sink Or Swim)
- Orphans (American Slang)
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