Brian Fallon’s voice is as beaten and battered as the perfect leather jacket
Don’t accuse The Gaslight Anthem of slacking between the release of their fourth and fifth albums. Not content with putting out a live DVD of their 2013 show at London’s Troxy while bassist Alex Levine launches his vintage barbershop-themed lifestyle brand, they’re also offering up this lives and covers flipsides collection. Alongside a jangling juke joint version of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Tumbling Dice’ there are acoustic takes on ‘The ’59 Sound’, ‘American Slang’ and ‘Great Expectations’ which sound like they were recorded in a shonky old garage at the end of a big night on the bourbon. Here Brian Fallon’s voice is as beaten and battered as the perfect leather jacket, and all the more beguiling for it.