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The Gaslight Anthem, live in London

Live Review

Venue: Alexandra Palace

New Jersey natives play historic North London venue in support of Get Hurt album

Although Brian Fallon rarely talks between songs, you get the sense he's very glad to be here, and addresses those gathered in such a laid-back fashion it's as if he's with a few select friends rather than a collected group of nameless ticket holders. Here's what we learnt.

There's no bells and whistles
This show is very much about the songs, and given the fact that this band has written so many that is no bad thing. The Gaslight Anthem have always been somewhat of a no-frills proposition, their music being paramount, without a trace of flashy gimmicks. Nobody's expecting pyro, band members flying over the crowd or exploding codpieces. However, the importance of the music is cemented by the fact that the band play an impressive, career-spanning set of 26 songs. People are certainly getting their money's worth.

Little can go wrong when The Gaslight Anthem play their songs
With such an impressive back catalogue to choose from, be it bittersweet rock'n'roll anthems like 45, the gut-wrenching She Loves You, or life-affirming songs like The Diamond Church Street Choir putting huge smiles on faces, all of the Gaslight Anthem's songs come from such an honest and heartfelt place that they're naturally delivered with the sort of genuine passion you'd hope for.

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