The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Ratings: #694 / 946
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
2012 Ratings: #207
July 24, 2012 / Release Date
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Mercury / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
DIY
The lyrics are a little more personal, the band a little more developed - it seems that this is the start of a new and exciting chapter for The Gaslight Anthem.
90
Alternative Press
Thanks to the expert production of Brendan O'Brien, the record sounds goddamn phenomenal.
83
A.V. Club

On Handwritten, his lyrics have finally settled into a perfect spot between craft and catharsis. And the music isn’t far behind. 

80
NME

Despite his continued, gracious nods to a host of musical grandmasters, on ‘Handwritten’ Brian Fallon’s showing more of his true self than ever before.

80
AllMusic

As a whole Handwritten has all of the heart-on-rolled-up-sleeve passion that makes the Gaslight Anthem a band that is so easy to love and identify with.

80
American Songwriter

Not only is Handwritten The Gaslight Anthem's best album, but it's also one of the best albums of 2012.

80
Sputnikmusic
It doesn't quite spike with the sharp edges of old, but the passion is in a more intelligent place, and it's a place worth returning to with at least the same frequency as those hospital walls.
78
Paste

With Brendan O’Brien’s slick production and Fallon’s noted shift toward introspective lyrics, The Gaslight Anthem seems to have settled into a more mature sound akin to “We Did It When We Were Young” rather than “Great Expectations.”

70
Rolling Stone

Handwritten is Gaslight's biggest-sounding, most straightforward album. The hints of Motown and dub are gone, but superproducer Brendan O'Brien supplies bite and gleam.

60
Drowned in Sound

With four albums in the can, The Gaslight Anthem hardly seem the types to change their tune. 

60
PopMatters

It’s revealing that the album’s best moments are those in which the Gaslight Anthem incorporate their influences rather than emulate them.

60
Consequence of Sound

Handwritten has heart, but musically, the band’s lost its edge.

60
musicOMH

If you love big guitars and vocalists who can’t help but throw in woah-oh-woahs and yeah-yeahs, you’re going to love this record.

60
Clash

An honorable effort in what they do best, but with the evolution shown in ‘American Slang’, you would have hoped this man would have grown into a superhuman by now.

57
Pitchfork

If in the past he managed to transform similar icons into a communal mythology, here it too often sounds like regurgitation, as though the reference were an end in itself.

40
Under The Radar

Those familiar with the band's oeuvre will find few surprises here, although if you're not familiar but were (for some reason) eagerly awaiting a new Goo Goo Dolls release then this will at least serve to tide you over.

40
Spin
As a lyricist, Fallon has moved beyond bald cliché to bland commonplace.
95
The Gaslight Anthem´s best album yet. Brian Fallon & co has made the best rock album of 2012.
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Track List

  1. "45" 
  2. Handwritten 
  3. Here Comes My Man 
  4. Mulholland Drive 
  5. Keepsake 
  6. Too Much Blood 
  7. Howl 
  8. Biloxi Parish 
  9. Desire 
  10. Mae 
  11. National Anthem
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