12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As one of music’s most sought-after songwriters, Jack Antonoff pens stadium-pop hits for Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Carly Rae Jepsen. But as Bleachers—his thundering, belt-your-heart-out, '80s-esque pop-rock project—he’s totally, authentically himself. “I’m a white, Jewish kid from New Jersey,” he told Beats 1. “That’s what my music sounds like, whether I like it or not—and I actually do like it.” Bleachers’ spirited second album is an impassioned tribute to his idols—The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen—with support from contemporary producers like Nineteen85 (Drake, DVSN) and Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar). The entire record could soundtrack a John Hughes film, but there are standouts: “Don’t Take the Money,” a Vince Clarke-produced anthem about not selling out, and “Everybody Lost Somebody,” a heart-on-sleeve ballad with an E-Street Style sax solo.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As one of music’s most sought-after songwriters, Jack Antonoff pens stadium-pop hits for Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Carly Rae Jepsen. But as Bleachers—his thundering, belt-your-heart-out, '80s-esque pop-rock project—he’s totally, authentically himself. “I’m a white, Jewish kid from New Jersey,” he told Beats 1. “That’s what my music sounds like, whether I like it or not—and I actually do like it.” Bleachers’ spirited second album is an impassioned tribute to his idols—The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen—with support from contemporary producers like Nineteen85 (Drake, DVSN) and Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar). The entire record could soundtrack a John Hughes film, but there are standouts: “Don’t Take the Money,” a Vince Clarke-produced anthem about not selling out, and “Everybody Lost Somebody,” a heart-on-sleeve ballad with an E-Street Style sax solo.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

Lunar girl44 ,

Not your average Pop album

I love how Jack takes a song that sounds so upbeat and positive, but when you stop to listen to the lyrics, you have a chance to hear how depressing it really is. You can feel how much of himself he puts into his music and lyrics.

Bjartgoddess ,

First Impressions Did NOT Matter

I honestly hated this album at first. After the exhilarating, 80’s esque explosion of sound from Strange Desire, this totally put me off at first.
But despite my initial trepidation, giving this a few listens made this one of my favorite albums of 2017. Once the lyrics, delivery, instrumentation, hooks, and fantastic melodies sank in, I couldn’t (and still can’t) stop myself from listening to this album at least once every few days. Jack Antonoff is the core of this band, and he’s a GENIUS musician, even if that means he is misunderstood sometimes.
The vocal delivery, as well as the wonderful instrumentation, paint perfect pictures of personal situations, real life problems. This is a perfect example of how pop can still have quality, while having grooves and hooks that keep you dancing and singing into your hairbrush. Within this album, (as well as Strange Desire), you will find some truly touching pieces. This band is not only a love letter to the 80’s, it’s a love letter to the soul.
Best 3 songs: Everybody Lost Somebody, All My Heroes, Don’t Take The Money

ajc254 ,

Fantastic

From start to finish, an excellent album.

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