Take from the old, mix with the new, and make it your own. If not your own, make it catchy, something no one should have shame singing along to: full of shout-along choruses, upbeat rhythms, fun guitar play, and Springstein. Out of ignorance, that last element turned me off; but not because I don’t enjoy Bruce – simply, I’m not familiar with his music. Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem, far from a new act, were too simple at first and were not adding anything to the sound others before them created. Their album sat though; it never met its demise by being digitally trashed. After sporadic spins care of shuffle, their objective became clear to me: crafting energetic rock songs with life-like stories to tell.