Welcome to my second post of the year! This next album holds a very close place in my heart because I personally was able to see this band live at the local Orange Peel venue here in Asheville. This entry is all about the band Bleachers, and their released album titled “Gone Now”, which was released in early June.
This is the band’s second album and every single song I can fully vouch for. Jack Antonoff is the lead singer in the Bleachers. but his career had already taken off before the band came together to release their first album “Strange Desire” in July of 2014 . Not only in the Bleachers, but in the band Fun where he co-produced/wrote , his impressive trophy case consists of a nomination for a Golden Globe Award in 2014, as well as nine Grammy Nominations and three wins.
Jack is a well sought-after producer and songwriter and “writes songs as a hobby to get away from his music job”, according to an interview done by Pitchfork. Writing songs for Lorde, Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Sia, and Carly Rae Jepsen is a pretty normal hobby for Jack, similar to regular people taking up knitting, well almost.
Anyways, after my mini-fangirl rant about this pretty incredible artist, it leads me towards the reason he’s spotlighted. “Gone Now” is heartfelt. There is an overwhelming theme of nostalgia and temporary kinds of love to fill it. It’s a narrative to some degree, whether it’s his or not doesn’t really matter. I personally can say that I received this album with almost perfect timing. And it took me seeing the band in September to realize it. Even if you didn’t know all of the words, you wanted to. And that single reason is why I chose to feature “Gone Now”.
- Dream of Mickey Mantle
- Hate That You Know Me
- Don’t Take the Money
- Everybody Lost Somebody
- All My Heroes
- Let’s Get Married
- I Miss Those Days
- Nothing is U
- I’m Ready to Move On/Mickey Mantle Reprise
- Foreign Girls
My personal favorites can be wrapped up as “Foreign Girls,” “All My Heroes,” and, of course, “Don’t Take the Money,” which was released as a single to tease the album. You can tie the whole album together through the lyrics. That’s something I can’t help but to admire.
Take it how you want. No really, please go listen to it and take it how you want. This album symbolizes the invincible, self-discovering, and loud ambitions of every teenager ever. His desired result of making this his masterpiece can’t help but hope his next one could top it. To keep relating. To keep screaming in the car, in the shower, frankly, in any quiet void. To fill it with these upbeat harmonies and pop catchy-ness, you can’t help it. At least, I certainly couldn’t. Until next time, hopefully you love this album just as much as I do.