AOTY 2021

Take The Sadness Out of Saturday Night

Bleachers - Take The Sadness Out of Saturday Night
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Based on 19 reviews
2021 Ratings: #557 / 675
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Based on 410 ratings
2021 Ratings: #616
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The Young Folks

This record shines as a true album; a cohesive canvas of anthems and poetry, juxtaposition and pain and hope.

The Forty-Five

‘Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night’ is a yearning, lower-case album that stands in the shadow of a shinier caps-lock version.


While ‘Take The Sadness…’ may not be a bolshy, career-defining move, it is a shimmering, reflective gem, hoping to offer a little relief from the darkness.


Bleachers’ third album is their strongest effort so far – the most cohesive, with the most poignant lyricism and musical moments.


More mature than either Strange Desire or Gone Now but just as life-affirming, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night is a refreshingly different perspective on Bleachers and a heartfelt soundtrack to millennial midlife crises.

The Observer

The super producer’s complex musical identity finds full expression on this highly personal third Bleachers album.

Under The Radar

While it may not be a major revelation, the new Bleachers album is bound to please.

Rolling Stone

This tension, combined with that full-band energy, make Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night Bleachers’ most cohesive effort.

Spill Magazine

Like its predecessors, Take the Sadness out of Saturday Night is a fun, expertly produced and totally uneven collection of heartland pop-rock. The highs are high. The filler is plentiful.


At the heart of it all ... is an incredibly fun record which will make you sing, dance, and fall in love all at once. 


On Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, he dials down the theatrics, dials up the vintage rock, and leans into his best Bruce Springsteen impression. Surprisingly, it's not nearly as bad as you might think.


On his third solo album, Jack Antonoff ends up splitting his time between careful rock songwriting and carefree pop singing, leaving a minor impression of both.


Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, Antonoff's third album as Bleachers, is at best a heartfelt batch of tracks that are nice to experience in the moment, but rarely anytime after.

The Line of Best Fit

Searching for companionship and processing heartbreak, the album takes an introspective route, with much of the vocal delivery dialled to a sombre mood.


The trouble with Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night – there’s a lot of nods and winks to other artists, while Antonoff’s own personality remains hidden.

The Needle Drop

Saturday Night doesn't sound quite as methodical as Jack's work for other artists.

FLOOD Magazine

There are, to his credit, some flashes of lyrical brilliance ... but ultimately Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night is an exercise in little more than mediocre songwriting.


Sadness is mediocrity promoted as homage, showing itself as hastily thrown-together soundcheck warm-up fusion.

Arguably one of the busiest songwriters/producers in music Jack Antonoff has finally released his third record under the name Bleachers after four years of waiting. And while this record isn’t a giant synth pop record like fans might be hoping, “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night” is a great example of why Antonoff has become a go to producer in mainstream music.

While the shift away from synthpop production into more heartland influenced pop rock may not be expected from ... read more
Jack Antonoff é um dos melhores produtores da atualidade em minha opinião e um dos mais requisitados por artistas atualmente, isso fez com que vários álbuns lançados esse ano tivesse dedo dele e fosse perceptível nas músicas que era uma produção de Antonoff, porém de tanto utilizarem este estilo de produção dele, as produções estão começando a soar repetitivas e o novo álbum de ... read more
The latest from Jack Antonoff's nonstop wheel of releases is one he can entirely call his own, "Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night". This is a very different record for Bleachers. It doesn't quite have the incredible pop smashes on its predecessor "Gone Now", rather goes for a much quieter sound. This record is very raw. Even the most pop-friendly songs here are quieter on every measure. I don't think it takes away from much of it though. "Stop Making This ... read more
I think it's pretty evident (now) that he's a much more successful producer.
If there’s one thing Jack Antonoff always does, it is put a smile on my face. His music, his contributions and his craft is always so sweet, warm and never fail to amaze me. Antonoff has come strong into the spotlight in recent years, due to his ever-increasing contributions to the production on pop artist's recent works. But, that has not been without criticism. With accusations of unoriginality, laziness and repetition, the Antonoff hype has begun to decrease. Coming in halfway ... read more
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Added on: May 18, 2021