Strange Desire

Bleachers - Strange Desire
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2014 Ratings: #652 / 845
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2014 Ratings: #287
July 15, 2014 / Release Date
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Pop Rock, Pop / Genres
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musicmagpie55
52
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.
75
Wake Me, I Wanna Get Better, Like a River Runs, Wild Heart, Shadow and Rollercoaster are the standout tracks for me.
54
Pretty mega potential, but unfortunately there are only 3 or 4 here to write home about. Still a pretty cool side project from one of the vocalists/guitarists from fun.
twwalter
66
In a way, this is a pleasing surprise. Has corny moments, but Jack Antonoff manages to partially pull it off, and create a handful of hits.
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END OF YEAR 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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