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08:27 AM on 07/20/12 
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onthereg
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I can definitely see that being a criticism of his lyrics, which, while great, don't have the widest thematic variety. That doesn't bother me personally though. As a musician, however, it's almost astounding to hear how much they use the VI-IV-I-V chord progression (the first part of the chorus of "45," for instance), and, on Handwritten at least, how often it's in the key of Bb. I guess it's comfortable and sort of their trademark at this point, and it's definitely not something that turns me off from listening to them, but as a criticism, it certainly has some basis.

Hmm. I am so far from being a musician that I never pick up on stuff like that.
09:02 AM on 07/20/12 
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Would you mind explaining that point a little bit more? Not sure I see him writing the same songs over and over again.

I think I pick it up mostly in the chord progressions. There are a few Brian seems to stick to using, mainly the whole major key, cadence, minor key, resolve thing. I seem to pick up music from a primarily melody-based standpoint, so that kind of thing perks my ears a little bit. It's not a huge deal at the moment, the more the songs grow on me, the more I start to distinguish them as unique songs, but I'm also looking forward to some evolution in the future.

EDIT: Pretty much what Fourchordwonder said above, aside from the lyrics part.
09:28 AM on 07/20/12 
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I'm like the only one not totally in love with this album lol.

Don't get me wrong, it's definitely good but it isn't resonating with me the same way the last three have.
09:30 AM on 07/20/12 
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Craig Manning
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Man, the cover of "Sliver" makes me realize just how much I dislike Nirvana.
09:31 AM on 07/20/12 
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Blue Dahlia would have been one of the best songs on the album. Bizarre to leave it off.
09:57 AM on 07/20/12 
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Love the bonus tracks as well. Album is just too perfect. Easily my favorite of theirs.
10:04 AM on 07/20/12 
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Blue Dahlia would have been one of the best songs on the album. Bizarre to leave it off.

Agree with this. It would have been really nice to have this on the standard version of the album, but as of now, it's one of the best bonus tracks I've ever heard.
10:25 AM on 07/20/12 
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When he sings "Sniffing out blood, just a little taste of "Where I came from",....................




is he referring to a vagina?

Nobody wants to have an indepth conversation about the lyrics? Man, Gaslight Anthem fans are shallow...
10:29 AM on 07/20/12 
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Wish I had the Teenage Rebellion bonus track
10:34 AM on 07/20/12 
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Uh... where are these bonus tracks?
11:01 AM on 07/20/12 
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After a handful of listens, I consider Handwritten up there with 59 Sound. Might eventually like it more, but a lot of my love for the band goes into watching live videos and such so we'll see how these songs hold up.
12:30 PM on 07/20/12 
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InExile
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Listening to 59 Sound for the first time, a few tracks in, I like Handwritten a lot more, to be honest, but it's like the 5th song.
01:08 PM on 07/20/12 
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Blue Dahlia is such an amazing song to just be a bonus track, but does anybody else think that the intro sounds a little disconnected...?
02:26 PM on 07/20/12 
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I know there's been like 3 awesome, full HD sets of theirs posted lately but heres my contribution. A really short, terribly shitty video of "Here's Lookin at You, Kid" that I got on my phone from the Nashville show on Wednesday. Enjoy.

06:43 PM on 07/20/12 
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Blue Dahlia is such an amazing song to just be a bonus track, but does anybody else think that the intro sounds a little disconnected...?

Yeah something about the way it flows into the chorus doesn't quite sit right, especially the first time you hear it.



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