The ’59 Sound is chock full of blue-collar rock that tells stories from the viewpoint of the average guy. There are no cryptic lyrics or esoteric references here; just tales of Friday night and Saturday morning, wrong turns and chances missed and hearts exploding like a six-pack full of empties thrown to the curb.

The key to this type of subject matter being appealing in song is the fact that it is all thoroughly infused with genuine romance, 100 percent saccharin free. That’s a specialty of Bruce Springsteen, and to an extent the Gaslight Anthem provides a side of Springsteen for a new generation.

Singer Brian Fallon definitely has a Boss-like way of phrasing, and “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” could easily be a lost track from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. “Meet Me by the River’s Edge” is an out-and-out Springsteen tribute that incorporates themes and select phrases from many of his songs.

Grade: B

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