Every Monday I will either review a movie or an album/music group. To start things off is a review of Strange Desire.
A couple days ago, my brother and I ventured downtown to attend a Bleachers concert. Bleachers is Jack Antonoff’s (best known as the lead guitarist of the indie band fun.) new project. The first album, Strange Desire, was released on July 15 of this year. First of all, I am not a huge fan of fun. I have heard Some Nights and We Are Young one too many times. So I approached Bleachers with trepidation. Fortunately, the album pleasantly surprised me. One of the problems I have with modern pop music is that most artists sound identical. When I hear a song I would like to recognize the artist without having to google the lyrics. Thankfully Bleachers has a unique sound (too me at least) and I am able to recognize them anytime a song plays on the radio/Pandora.
Like its name suggests, Bleachers deals with themes everyone struggles with, especially in high school. Most of the songs evoke feelings of loneliness, confusion, sitting alone behind the bleachers; however, the choruses are catchy and upbeat. The lead single, I Wanna Get Better, has an earnest and optimistic feeling. My favorite lyric is: “I didn’t know I was lonely ‘til I saw your face, I didn’t know I was broken ‘til I wanted to change.” It is distinguishable from most other pop songs and memorable.Click here to listen.
My favorite song off the album is Like A River Runs. The chorus begins with this lyric: “When I fall asleep I can see your face, what I lost in you I will not replace, I could run away I could let them down, but I will remember your light.” The song echoes the rest of the album in that it is full of vigor, sweeping vocals, and a satisfying buildup. Click here to listen.
Strange Desire is one of the few albums where I have enjoyed almost every song on the album. There is this one duet with Yoko Ono (I’m Ready to Move On) that I did not care for. However, the rest of the album is fantastic and I hope that there are many more album releases in the future. Even better the band sounds the same live as they do on the album.