Strange Desire - Bleachers
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  • Summary: The debut solo project for fun.'s Jack Antonoff was co-produced by John Hill and features guest appearances from Grimes and Yoko Ono.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. What Antonoff has accomplished with Bleachers that he hasn’t yet with fun. or never did with Steel Train is create an album that inspires as much as it transports. It’s so sure and precise in its vision that it almost feels like a concept album without a concept.
  2. Jul 15, 2014
    80
    No matter what he ends up doing, Strange Desire is a very strong, sometimes thrilling slice of modern nostalgia that gets better with every listen.
  3. Jul 15, 2014
    80
    Strange Desire is perhaps the fullest-sounding and most charismatic indie-pop album you’ll hear this year, just in time to become the defining sound of your summer.
  4. Oct 30, 2014
    67
    Jack Antonoff has figured out how to write an album all by himself.
  5. Jul 15, 2014
    60
    Even the infectious energy of “Rollercoaster” can’t quite overcome a demo-like lack of polish that keeps the songs earthbound even as they reach higher.
  6. Jul 15, 2014
    60
    Nothing else on Bleachers' debut quite reaches ["I Wanna Get Better's"] height, and enticing collaborations with art-pop heavies like Yoko Ono fall flat. But the bright ideas keep coming like mosquitoes at a backyard BBQ.
  7. Aug 27, 2014
    35
    Antonoff may be popular but his songwriting leaves a lot to be desired.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Oct 29, 2014
    10
    This album would have fit perfectly in 1987! It just so happens to also fit perfectly in 2014. This is one of my favorite albums. I can'tThis album would have fit perfectly in 1987! It just so happens to also fit perfectly in 2014. This is one of my favorite albums. I can't wait for more from Bleachers! Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2015
    6
    I discovered the band Bleachers in the spring of 2014, several months before the release of Strange Desire, due to their single I Wanna GetI discovered the band Bleachers in the spring of 2014, several months before the release of Strange Desire, due to their single I Wanna Get Better getting a decent amount of airtime on the radio. I could tell right after listening to I Wanna Get Better that Bleachers was a band that I needed to follow. I immediately looked up the release date of Strange Desire and pre-ordered the deluxe copy, eager to listen to it when the summer release date finally came but upon that release day, after my first listen of the full album, I felt a little disappointed and that feeling only increased in its ferocity the more that I studied the songs on Strange Desire.
    I think Strange Desire is a solid album but its standout tracks like I Wanna Get Better and Rollercoaster were, in fact, singles that Bleachers had released to hype up the release of their debut album. This is a great tactic but I felt like I was cheated out of an album because my favourite songs were the songs that I’d already listened to in the spring and the majority of the rest of the album seemed like filler and hastily thought out works of art.
    Thankfully, Strange Desire does have some redeemable qualities that make up for the album being, in my opinion, heavily over-hyped. Both the synth-pop leads and the chaotic vocals make Strange Desire feel like an album from the 1980’s but infused with popular trends of today, making the songs both relatable and catchy without feeling too cookie cutter and pristine like so many other pop artists of the modern times. Songs like Wild Heart, Wake Me, Like a River Runs and You’re Still a Mystery add to this 80’s vibe and combing well with I Wanna Get Better and Rollercoaster making the album come away with six out of eleven songs ones that I’ve gone back to listen through again. Reckless Love also has some strong point in it but Who I Want You to Love, I’m Ready to Move On, Take Me Away and Shadow unfortunately do a lot of damage to break apart the album in their lack luster feel.
    Overall, Strange Desire is a solid album with enough decent songs on it to be a good debut album for Bleachers but the 11-song set beings to fade rather quickly after several listens and besides a couple stand out songs is forgettable.
    Bleachers’ debut album, Strange Desire, is a solid effort, but one that should have done better given the exposure that the band has received and while it’s worth a listen, Strange Desire may not be an album to experience more than a handful of times.
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