Come to think of it, I felt that way about 59 Sound too. But part of it had to do with the rawness of the album that I didn't get into immediately. Handwritten feels like it played all its cards from the outset and has now run out of fuel.
This is exactly how I felt about American Slang
, but something about the songwriting drew me back to it. Handwritten
reminds me of AS
, and I've got that kind of feeling with it, but I feel like it'll be an album I come back to later.
Gaslight, for me, is a band that's most enjoyable in a live setting...so an album that doesn't 'stick' doesn't bother me. I know the songs I don't enjoy much will rock when I see them live.