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Arkells: Jackson SquareJackson Square (2008)
Dine Alone Records
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: genebuonaccorsiDarthNader
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Don't worry, this has to do with the Gaslight Anthem -- albeit a very little, but at least it's something. I found myself drawn to the name Arkells in an article that (cryptically) referenced those good old Jersey upstarts. Since the stage has been set, I might as well give my take on the comparison.
Don't worry, this has to do with the Gaslight Anthem -- albeit a very little, but at least it's something. I found myself drawn to the name Arkells in an article that (cryptically) referenced those good old Jersey upstarts. Since the stage has been set, I might as well give my take on the comparison of the two bands; it may be the only way I keep some of your attention, anyway. I guess you could say that I agree with the comparison in a general sense, but when it gets down to the specifics I think there are different forces at work. The general similarity that I see is that both Arkells and the Gaslight Anthem's most recent offerings are geared towards straight-up rock and roll. It's safe to say that there are plenty of pop/punk/hardcore/indie tags that can be put on bands, and both of these groups seem to steer away from them. When I say rock and roll, I use it in what may be my own personal definition, so allow me to elaborate. We're talking verse-chorus, repeated chord progressions, steady beat, harmonized vocals, etc. While neither band sticks hard and fast to this formula, I hope we can agree that it's at least an underlying presence. Where they differ is in where the Gaslight Anthem seem set on digging back into rock and roll's roots and creating a more throwback-y sound, Arkells are content to craft songs that are very crisp and modern feeling, while hinting at the influence of rock history.
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