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Review: The Rebirth of Bleachers | ‘Bleachers’

  • March 9, 2024
  • 2 min read
Review: The Rebirth of Bleachers | ‘Bleachers’

Bleachers, self-titled album, Jesus is dead, indie rock

Rating 9/10 – EXCEPTIONAL 

The new Bleachers album, self-titled Bleachers, is a significant release that seems to represent a new beginning for the band, rather than just a continuation of their past work. Released on March 8, 2024, under Dirty Hit and Bleachers Band Recordings, it’s the band’s first album after departing from their former label RCA Records. This album stands out for its musical depth, careful layering of sounds, and emotional resonance across its tracks​​​​.

The album opens with “I Am Right on Time,” setting the tone with its musical complexity and emotional depth, leading into a series of tracks that showcase the band’s signature sound while exploring new territory. “Modern Girl,” one of the album’s singles, blends elements of classic rock with modern sensibilities, featuring vibrant instrumentation and Antonoff’s insightful lyrics on modern life. The track “Jesus Is Dead” follows, offering a synth-pop sound with deep personal and social themes​​.

“Me Before You” is highlighted as a beautiful synth ballad, demonstrating the album’s personal touch, as it explores love’s transformative power. This theme of personal reflection and growth continues with “Tiny Moves,” a song about observing and being moved by a partner’s small actions, presented with a nostalgic, synth-heavy pop sound​​.

The collaboration with Lana Del Rey on “Alma Mater” brings a mix of Antonoff’s and Del Rey’s styles, creating a standout track that balances experimental sounds with thoughtful delivery. The album covers a broad spectrum of musical styles, from the reflective “Isimo” to the upbeat “Woke Up Today,” showing Antonoff’s range and depth as a songwriter and musician​​.

Overall, the album is described as a love album, weaving together themes of romantic love, tribute to lost loved ones, and a celebration of music itself. The self-titling of the album at this point in their career is seen as a statement of identity and renewal, positioning Bleachers not just as a band, but as a deeply personal project of Jack Antonoff, one that carries his signature across different facets of the music world​​.

For more detailed insights into the tracklist and the creative forces behind the album, Wikipedia provides a comprehensive overview, including the album’s personnel and the various musicians who contributed to its rich sound landscape​​. Check out “Tiny Moves” below:

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