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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem was produced by Butch Walker.
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Nobody Wins
Skin and bones you never did come home Crashing on my heart through the telephone I remember the tall grass waving In past lives, old bones I must... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Fallon's story is far from finished. This guy is one of the best songwriters of his generation, in any genre, and if his future albums--solo or not--are as full of pleasures as Painkillers, we have nothing to worry about
  2. 83
    Painkillers is a compelling second act.
  3. Mojo
    Feb 23, 2016
    80
    Painkillers suggests their frontman really was holding his best songs back. [Apr 2016, p.88]
  4. Mar 9, 2016
    80
    All told, Painkillers does many things well and few things poorly. It's not a Gaslight record, but it's one that fans will find familiar.
  5. A direct continuation of the Gaslight man’s Americana-driven Horrible Crowes side project of 2011, only imbued with more confidence.
  6. Mar 4, 2016
    70
    Painkillers isn't quite a rebirth, but with his band struggling to stay vibrant in recent years, it feels a little like a new morning.
  7. 50
    Like its namesake, this album feels more like a temporary solution than a permanent way forward.

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  1. Mar 14, 2016
    6
    This was my first time listening to Brian Fallon's solo work. Outstanding songwriting with hooks that get you singing along. "Among OtherThis was my first time listening to Brian Fallon's solo work. Outstanding songwriting with hooks that get you singing along. "Among Other Foolish Things" and "Nobody Wins" are the tracks that I found myself rewinding to hear again. Good mellow album for a road trip. Expand