Friday, 19 November 2010
CAUGHT LIVE: THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, CHUCK RAGAN @ ROCK CITY, NOTTINGHAM *****
"The Gaslight Anthem's rise has been swift, but they've done it the hard way, with near-constant touring and Brian Fallon's firm commitment to the art of songwriting. They will always be compared to Springsteen but their setlist tonight proves they can stand alone: The Spirit of Jazz, Boxer and Casanova Baby! lift the paying public from the get-go, while fallon's lengthy ramblings between tracks charms most here this evening. Some older tracks are dusted down and are made to feel just as welcome as classics such as Great Expectations and The 59' Sound, while a four-track encore including American Slang and closer The Backseat send all in this packed venue home happy. They'll also be checking out Chuck Ragan's material too, who manages to generate a real sense of excitement with his gnarly vocals and cracking melodies - songs taken from his Feast Or Famine and Gold Country albums. All in all, a feast of top notch music and solid gold entertainment to warm even the hardest hearts on this cold November evening."