The '59 Sound

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The '59 Sound
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound cover.jpg
Studio album by The Gaslight Anthem
Released August 19, 2008 (2008-08-19)
Recorded 2008
Genre Heartland rock, indie rock, punk rock
Length 41:32
Label SideOneDummy
Producer Ted Hutt
The Gaslight Anthem chronology
Señor and the Queen
The '59 Sound
Live at Park Ave.

The '59 Sound is the second studio album by American rock band The Gaslight Anthem, released on August 19, 2008 by record label SideOneDummy.

In December 2008, eMusic named The '59 Sound the best album of 2008.[1] NME rated it as the 47th best album of the year.[2] The title track was number 62 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[3]

In July 2009, following Bruce Springsteen's guest appearances with the band at Glastonbury and Hyde Park, sales of the album doubled.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Absolutepunk (92%)[5]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
NME (9/10)[7]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[8] 4.5/5 stars[9]
Rocklouder! 4/5 stars[10]
The Tune 5/5 stars[11] gave the album a very positive review, stating: "The ’59 Sound offers more poetically told tales of love, dancing, driving and girls called Maria, set against the quaint American rock’n’roll backdrop that band have been constructing throughout their previous two releases."

Allmusic gave the album a mostly positive review and concluded that "If Fallon often comes off as a youthful Springsteen wannabe on The '59 Sound, he also happens to be pretty good at it." raved about the album, saying that it's "Packed full of vivid imagery and storytelling that resembles "Born to Run"/"Darkness on the Edge of Town"-era Springsteen, "The '59 Sound" is an impeccable work of punk-rock art where each listen offers something new, never taking any hint of imagination or personal effect away from the listener; this is the album The Killers wanted to make with "Sam's Town" but were unsuccessful at."


Regarding the differences between The '59 Sound and their first full-length album, Sink or Swim, guitarist Alex Rosamilia noted that, "For Sink or Swim, we had a week or so and what we brought to the studio. For [this] last record we had about 5 weeks and quite the arsenal of gear to tear through. Which did lead to a couple ideas I don't think we would've had otherwise."[12]


The album was released on August 19, 2008 and peaked on the Billboard 200 at #70. [13] A 7" vinyl single was released on July 22, featuring the title track and the song "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" on the B-side. "Old White Lincoln" was released as the 2nd single on December 1, 2008 in the UK. Opening track "Great Expectations" was released as the 3rd single in the UK on March 23, 2009.


Allmusic described the album's sound as a "heartland rock version of Social Distortion." [14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Brian Fallon, Alex Rosamilia, Alex Levine, and Benny Horowitz, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Great Expectations"   3:05
2. "The '59 Sound"   3:09
3. "Old White Lincoln"   3:23
4. "High Lonesome"   3:05
5. "Film Noir"   3:29
6. "Miles Davis & The Cool"   4:11
7. "The Patient Ferris Wheel"   3:34
8. "Casanova, Baby!"   2:57
9. "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"   3:30
10. "Meet Me by the River's Edge"   3:19
11. "Here's Looking at You, Kid"   3:36
12. "The Backseat"   4:14
Total length:


The Gaslight Anthem
Additional personnel
  • Chris Wollard – additional vocals
  • Joe Sirois – additional vocals
  • Dicky Barrett – additional vocals
  • Hollie Fallon – additional vocals
  • Joe Sib – additional vocals
  • Kim Yarbrough – additional vocals
  • Gia Ciambotti – additional vocals
  • Ryan Mall – samples


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