By The Gaslight Anthem
'Great Expectations' is another cut from The Gaslight Anthem's second album, 'The '59 Sound.'
What's refreshing about 'Great Expectations' is how it eschews every trend, past and present, to deliver straightforward rock that's understated in every way: there's no sing along chorus, no obvious hooks and no nods towards any obsessively divided musical sub-genre.
'Great Expectations' is rock with a lively, punky pace and punchy vocals that perfectly emphasise this song's bounding rhythms. The Gaslight Anthem also have a talent for producing glimmering riffs that give 'Great Expectations' a twinkly, optimistic sheen, without having to resort to any faddy synths. The Gaslight Anthem wrap things up with a steady drumbeat trimmed in chiming bells that brings this song to a fittingly unassuming conclusion.
'Great Expectations' is a quietly accomplished song you'll like on the first listen, and like even more with every subsequent listen.