Gone Now

Bleachers - Gone Now
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #457 / 721
User Score
Based on 98 ratings
2017 Ratings: #571
June 2, 2017 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
Pop Rock, Synthpop / Genres
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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.

musicmagpie55
50
Bleachers continues to explore contemporary sentimentality through bright, anthemic pop. I continue to struggle with his lyrics as they still feel too saccharine. The production is slightly more inventive, but I still find it uninspired. It is odd because I like his personality and his production. I just find there something off in his songwriting when he is singing lead.
tha138
64
The most notable thing about Blleachers' sophomore album is the existence of the album itself, suggesting that Jack Antonoff needed his alter ego a little more in order to complete his synth-pop portrait.
It was fun as long as it lasted but he's gone now.
Surely?
notbuzzzila
75
It's fun. Not all that substantive, but I come back to it more often than I expected.
petetheman
68
I love the concept of a whole project and the musical production is top notch. The storytelling here is very compelling.

Favorite tracks: I Miss Those Days, Everybody Lost Somebody, Let's Get Married, I'm Ready To Move On/Mickey Mantle Reprise, Nothing Is U
odilio
68
It was sweet, I expected even less, there are some good experimental tracks, but some that make the album more "yellow note", but it still comes out in a good, still being positive.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#14/Dork
#26/NME
#27/The Independent

MISC LISTS

/AllMusic (Pop)

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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