Handwritten (The Gaslight Anthem album)

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Handwritten
The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 23, 2012 (2012-07-23)
RecordedJanuary 23 – February 18, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenreHeartland rock, indie rock, folk punk, punk blues
Length40:50
LabelMercury
ProducerBrendan O'Brien
The Gaslight Anthem chronology
American Slang
(2010)
Handwritten
(2012)
Singles Collection: 2008–2011
(2013)
Singles from Handwritten
  1. "45"
    Released: June 2, 2012
  2. "Here Comes My Man"
    Released: October 24, 2012
Deluxe Edition Cover
Handwritten Deluxe Edition.jpeg

Handwritten is the fourth studio album by American rock band The Gaslight Anthem, released on July 20, 2012, through Mercury Records. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, the album was preceded by its lead single, "45", and features liner notes by Nick Hornby.

Writing[edit]

As of July 2010, Brian Fallon said he was working on new material for a fourth album.[1] Subsequently, Fallon stated on his blog that the band would start writing their record in January 2011.[2] However, prior to playing at Pinkpop in June 2011, Fallon stated that they had just started working on the new album and that it would not be released for at least a few months.[3] In the same interview, Fallon said the band's next record would sound closer to their breakthrough record, The '59 Sound, rather than American Slang.[4] During this time, Fallon was also working with good friend Ian Perkins, putting the finishing touches on their side project The Horrible Crowes.

On October 6, 2011, the Gaslight Anthem announced via Facebook that they had officially signed with Mercury Records. They stated that they were sorry to leave their friends at SideOneDummy Records, but felt that the change was necessary for their musical career.

Recording[edit]

On October 14, 2011, the Gaslight Anthem announced that their last show before going into the studio to record their new album would be on December 9 at the Asbury Park Convention Hall.[5]

On January 12, 2012, the band announced via their Twitter feed that they would be recording the following week in Nashville.[6] Recording took place at Blackbird Studios, Nashville.[7] On February 17, 2012, they announced that recording of original songs for the album had been completed and they would soon be recording b-sides and covers.[8] It was announced on February 22, 2012, via the band's Twitter feed that their fourth album would be titled Handwritten.[9]

The band announced on their official Facebook page on April 26, 2012, that the album's lead single would be "45", and it would be receive its worldwide premiere as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1 on April 30.[10]

On April 30, 2012, the band announced that the album would be released July 23, 2012, in the UK and July 24 in the US.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[12]
Alternative Press4.5/5 stars[13]
The A.V. ClubB+[14]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[15]
NME8/10[16]
Pitchfork Media5.7/10[17]
Punknews.org4.5/5 stars[18]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[19]
Sputnikmusic4/5[20]
Uncut7/10[21]

Handwritten received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a "weighted average" rating out of 100 from selected independent ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a Metascore of 71/100, based on 31 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[11]

The New Jersey Devils use the song "Howl" as their goal song.

Commercial performance[edit]

Handwritten debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 40,000 copies in its first week of release.[22] It remains the band's highest positioned album on the Billboard 200 chart and best sales week to date.[23]

Music videos[edit]

The Gaslight Anthem released a music video for their track "Here Comes My Man" featuring actress Elisha Cuthbert.[24]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Brian Fallon, Alex Rosamilia, Alex Levine, and Benny Horowitz, except where noted[25].

No.TitleLength
1.""45""3:23
2."Handwritten"3:58
3."Here Comes My Man"3:35
4."Mulholland Drive"3:53
5."Keepsake"4:02
6."Too Much Blood"5:07
7."Howl"2:04
8."Biloxi Parish"3:46
9."Desire"3:15
10."Mae"4:07
11."National Anthem"3:40
Total length:40:50

Credits and personnel[edit]

The Gaslight Anthem[25]
Additional musicians[25]
Production[25]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] Silver 80,163[49]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Australia[50] July 20, 2012 Universal Music
Germany[51]
France[52] July 23, 2012
United Kingdom[53] Mercury Records
United States[54] July 24, 2012
Italy[55] Universal Music

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