History Books

The Gaslight Anthem

History Books

Sixth album and first in nine years from the New Jersey rock band produced by Peter Katis (Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, Kurt Vile)

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  1. 10.0 |   XS Noize

    For longtime fans, this is a fantastic album, and clearly, Gaslight is firing on all cylinders
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  2. 8.0 |   Dork

    There’s a purpose and drive underpinning every moment, making it a more than fitting return for the punk rock lifers
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    An album that personifies their magic all over again
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  4. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    A tremendous success, its clever, tenderly relatable explorations of life and death especially relevant to the current moment
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    There is joy in the here and now, and as he sings on ‘Positive Charge’ “it’s good to be alive”
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    But for all the rueful, wistful, middle-aged preoccupations of History Books, its two most emblematic tracks, "Little Fires" and "Positive Charge", catch The Gaslight Anthem at their most glorious and furious. Print edition only

  7. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This isn’t an album to convert the naysayers, but for the already initiated, prepare yourself to once more sing with your heroes, 33 rounds per minute
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  8. 7.6 |   Spectrum Culture

    Nine years is a long time to wait, but this is the kind of music we come to the Gaslight Anthem for, and this time, they delivered
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  9. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The New Jersey band’s first new album in nine years arrives with a reflective tone
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  10. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The Gaslight Anthem’s first album in almost ten years, History Books, is a concise ten-track that aims to recapture the sound of their most successful outings
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  11. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A new page in The Gaslight Anthem’s story, and as such an engaging extract, one hopes there is plenty left to be told
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  12. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Variously evoking a gnarlier early R.E.M., The Hold Steady, and, yes, Springsteen. Print edition only

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