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Music Review – Bleachers

a18593e40fc82d3c71832d62ebf09336-600x600BleachersStrange Desire (RCA)

Bleachers is the new project from Jack Antonoff, the adorkable guitar player from the band fun. also known as Lena Dunham’s main squeeze. This debut is full of vibrant, bombastic synth-rock sing-alongs, and the entire collection feels like a long-lost indie distillation of ‘80s and ‘90s hitmakers, from Bryan Adams to Bruce Springsteen to Beck and Weezer. In describing the vibe, Antonoff says, “You can dance to it or you could weep to it. I don’t know what anybody else wants, but that’s what I want from music.” The record has lyrical moments of emotional angst, with some tracks reading like a high school confidential. Antonoff even tackles how he was incessantly tormented for being gay (which he is not). He handles the lead vocals like a champ, with some assistance from Grimes and a delicately charming Yoko Ono. Prime Cuts: “I Wanna Get Better,” “Rollercoaster,” “Shadow” —Paul V for The Independent FM