Gone Now

Bleachers - Gone Now
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2017 Ratings: #529 / 887
User Score
Based on 167 ratings
2017 Ratings: #446
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

Now, three years later, he’s returning to Bleachers once again — and the result, Gone Now, is his most accomplished to date.

80
NME
Second album ‘Gone Now’ finds him more experienced, more confident, more in-demand and poised for very big things.
80
AllMusic

Though it's hard to believe it's possible, Antonoff shares even more of himself on Gone Now than on Bleachers' debut, and it makes for some of his most immersive and satisfying music yet.

70
Northern Transmissions

On his sophomore album Jack Antonoff takes Bleacher’s sound to a very specific place in its instrumentation and vocal style. While the album does feel repetitive and sometimes a little bland, there’s no denying he’s landed on a great sound.

70
Exclaim!

His proclamations of big love and devastating loss are conveyed through audacious and grandiose studio arrangements that are even more ambitious than before.

70
Rolling Stone

Bleachers' second LP exudes a kind of afflicted bliss, anthemic Eighties pop and R&B impressions built from the harried, diaristic isolation that era's Top 40 only allowed in at the margins.

70
PopMatters

Altogether, Gone Now remains a slightly uneven affair, despite the earworms that will be stuck with its listeners all summer and beyond. But these hits are poised to outweigh its misses.

67
A.V. Club

He obviously has the talent to take his pop to a higher level, and he’s successfully done so for other artists like Lorde and Taylor Swift. But while Gone Now features a few cuts that are much more piercing than you might expect, it doesn’t quite go all the way.

61
Pitchfork

By aiming for the textbook definition of a big-picture pop album, Antonoff has ended up with the epitome of a vanity project: an album that revolves entirely around one person, made more enjoyable the less you expect from it.

54
Sputnikmusic

In short, there’s no denying that Antonoff has a knack for this whole music thing. Unfortunately, it’s also what makes the flatness of his sophomore follow-up, Gone Now, is so unwaveringly disappointing.

43
Consequence of Sound

Antonoff is incredibly talented ... and Gone Now makes it clear that he knows his way around a chorus  ... but verses are strained and general while impulses are too often freely indulged, rather than examined and pulled apart in the hopes of building something that looks more like innovation than imitation.

Schmedess
68
Not as good as the debut but track 4 and 5 are his best songs by a longshot
whyisaac
80
Look, I'm a huge Jack Antonoff fan. He's produced a lot of my favourite pop music of all time (including, by the way, the fantastic "Don't Take the Money" - the track that inspired me to listen to this album). And ultimately, while the songwriting and vocals here aren't necessarily as phenomenal as on his projects with Lorde or Taylor Swift, the production is always, without fail, absolutely incredible - and therefore I forgive any flaws. It's the ultimate ear candy, but with the ... read more
birdseedbaby
50
Some of the songs on Gone Now are synthpop perfection, with irresistible choruses and clean, crisp production, while others are bogged down by terrible faux-experimental production made up of strange panning and annoying sounds in the mix. Can't fault it for its ambition, but the execution is somewhat lacking.

5/10 - average

Faves: Hate That You Know Me // Don't Take The Money // Let's Get Married
Least Faves: Dream Of Mickey Mantle // Goodmorning // I'm Ready To Move On/Mickey Mantle Reprise
notbuzzzila
75
It's fun. Not all that substantive, but I come back to it more often than I expected.
SwagMaster73
100
bEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME! SOME OF MY FAVORITE MOMENTS EVARRR!
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Track List

  1. Dream of Mickey Mantle
  2. Goodmorning
  3. Hate That You Know Me
  4. Don't Take the Money
  5. Everybody Lost Somebody
  6. All My Heroes
  7. Let's Get Married
  8. Goodbye
  9. I Miss Those Days
  10. Nothing Is U
  11. I'm Ready To Move On/Mickey Mantle Reprise
  12. Foreign Girls
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Added on: April 14, 2017