AOTY 2019

Strange Desire

Bleachers - Strange Desire
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2014 Ratings: #654 / 845
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2014 Ratings: #310
July 15, 2014 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
Pop Rock, Pop / Genres
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thegeecyproject
84
My 200th rating on AOTY!

With his previous band Fun going on an indefinite break, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jack Antonoff began working on songs for a new solo project in 2014. That project, Bleachers, would start its life with one of the greatest pop debuts of the decade, Strange Desire. The album would mark the start of Antonoff’s new musical direction of quirky and bombastic 80’s-inspired throwback pop – one which he would continue refining in his own music and ... read more
Paragon
90
I wanna get better was really depressing yet the lyrics we written so well, where some parts of the song has correlation with our lives.
superadi
84
Faves: Rollercoaster, Take Me Away & Like a River Runs.
musicmagpie55
44
Jack Antonoff is close to writing a good pop song. Unfortunately, he relies heavily on cliche pop tropes without bringing that much new to the table. His booming, anthemic choruses feel like shouting, and not in an exciting way. There is a hollowed echo in his production and lyrics. I appreciate the interest in creating sentimental pop songs, but they are often more cringy than inspiring.
61
The first LP released by Bleachers shows us that this is a very capable musician who’s sadly succumbing to run-of-the-mill, formulaic pop music. However, there is some signature instrumentation that shows up throughout the mostly tripe lyricism and bravado that illuminates from frontman Jack Antonoff. Score: 6.1/10.
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Year End Lists

#3/Amazon
#6/Billboard

MISC LISTS

#18/SPIN (Pop)

Track List

  1. Wild Heart
  2. Rollercoaster
  3. Shadow
  4. I Wanna Get Better
  5. Wake Me
  6. Reckless Love
  7. Take Me Away feat. Grimes
  8. Like a River Runs
  9. You're Still a Mystery
  10. I'm Ready to Move On / Wild Heart Reprise feat. Yoko Ono
  11. Who I Want You to Love
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Added on: June 20, 2014