BLEACHERS – ” Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night ” Best Albums Of 2021

Posted: December 17, 2021 in MUSIC

Jack Antonoff is a very busy man. In between working on Taylor Swift’s “folklore”, “evermore, and Fearless” (Taylor’s Version), Lorde’s forthcoming Solar Power, Lana Del Rey’s “Chemtrails over the Country Club”, and many more, he’s also managed to write, record, and produce the new Bleachers album “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night

Bleachers released their highly anticipated 3rd album “Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night” via RCA Records. In late 2020 they offered up the first taste of new music to preview the album with the release of “Chinatown” feat. Bruce Springsteen and “45”. This music is the follow up to their critically acclaimed second album, “Gone Now”which came out on June 2nd, 2017. The first single “Don’t Take The Money” hit #3 at Alternative Radio. Ahead of the album release, The New York Times put out a piece that called Bleachers’ new music “anthemic life-affirming pop-rock”. Five-time Grammy® Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Jack Antonoff, is the creative force behind Bleachers.

When “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night” appeared, Jack Antonoff was a pop production powerhouse. While he was making Bleachers’ third full-length, he also shaped the sound of albums by hugely popular artists including Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, the Chicks, and Lorde. Though he was at the top of his game professionally, Antonoff was just beginning to emerge from a deep post-breakup depression, and “Take the Sadness” captures that tipping point when joy finally shoves desperation out of the way. Perhaps for the first time, Antonoff’s music sounds as vulnerable as his lyrics always have; tender strings grace “91”‘s feelings of being stuck, while gentle acoustic guitars cradle the closing ballad “What’d I Do with All This Faith?” Of course, he still excels at turning emotional emergencies into exuberantly widescreen pop songs.

Saturdays always fascinated Jack Antonoff more. “Sunday night blues are for people who love the weekend and are sad it’s over,” says the Bleachers singer, songwriter, and producer. “Saturday night blues are for people who can’t find their way in the weekend.” In the midst of working with others–co-writing and co-producing Taylor Swift’s folklore and evermore, and co-producing Lorde’s Solar Power, and St. Vincent’s Daddy’s Home, Atonoff has returned to Bleachers with “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night“, a follow up to 2017 release “Gone Now“.

The 10 tracks of “Saturday Night” move from depression to hope and everything in-between with “91,”  co-written and sung with the author Zadie Smith and rousing duet with Bruce Springsteen on “Chinatown,” Antonoff’s take on The Boss’s “Jersey Girl”—set on the other side of the Hudson.

“Stop Making This Hurt” is classic Bleachers, as are “Big Life” and “How Dare You Want More,” all of which boast the shout-along choruses that have been Antonoff’s trademark since the Fun. days. Looking back to move forward has also always been at the heart of Bleachers’ music, and Antonoff uncovers something new each time he does it. Though the therapeutic openness of his song writing has a lot in common with his collaborators and clients, his knack for penning anthemic yet down-to-earth songs goes back to his New Jersey roots and another of that state’s favourite sons, Bruce Springsteen.

The way Antonoff bridges pristine synth pop and gritty rock on songs like “Don’t Go Dark” evokes Born in the U.S.A., and when the Boss himself appears on “Chinatown,” it’s almost too perfect. In keeping with the album’s feeling of change, Take the Sadness offers a warmer and more organic take on Bleachers’ music that’s as evident in details like the lo-fi vocals on “Strange Behavior” as it is in the album’s entire vibe. 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.

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