Review: Bleachers’s “Strange Desire”

Jack Antonoff has just released his debut album under his side project and it’s nothing like his work with .fun.

Where .fun is all deep thoughts and grandiose sound, Bleachers is built on infectious 80’s synth-pop and earnest lyrics. From the first track down to the last, Strange Desire evokes memories of high school dances, first loves and first heartbreaks.

Anthemic and full of rolling crescendo, “Wild Heart” opens the album with a flourish. Strange Desire packs its strongest suite all in its first half with summer anthems “Rollercoaster”, “Shadow” and, of course, “I Wanna Get Better.” Simple and sweet, “Wake Me” is a personal favorite.

The second half of the 11-song set sags a little, but it still doesn’t take anything away from this album. Strange Desire, for all its 80’s influence, is a cohesive record with only two songs veering slightly away, both of which are collaborations – “Take Me Away” with Grimes and “I’m Ready to Move On / Wild Heart Reprice” with Yoko Ono. “Who I Want You to Love” closes the album on a subtle but satisfying note. It’s a song that grows on you.

Jack Antonoff made an honest and positive album in Strange Desire. It’s a record you’ll have to have on your drive to your summer destination reminding you of all the good things in life.

RATING: 3.5/5

langleav:

Just wrote this poem last night. You know that feeling when you fall asleep in the day and when you wake up, it’s already dark? Not sure why but it always makes me feel melancholy. Anyway, I hope you like it… it’s the first poem I have written in a really long time (hence the first line.) I’ve been so busy getting ready for the September launch of my new book Lullabies. Hopefully, there will be more new poems soon… A thousand kisses to you all! xo Lang 

Although many writers had had periods of significant depression, mania, or hypomania, they were consistently appealing, entertaining, and interesting people. They had led interesting lives, and they enjoyed telling me about them as much as I enjoyed hearing about them. Mood disorders tend to be episodic, characterized by relatively brief periods of low or high mood lasting weeks to months, interspersed with long periods of normal mood (known as euthymia to us psychiatrists). All the writers were euthymic at the time that I interviewed them, and so they could look back on their periods of depression or mania with considerable detachment. They were also able to describe how abnormalities in mood state affected their creativity. Consistently, they indicated that they were unable to be creative when either depressed or manic.

The relationship between creativity and mental illness – a fascinating study based on writers from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Kurt Vonnegut was among the subjects. (via explore-blog)