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After a long wait, Bleachers’ third album, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, is finally here! Here are my three biggest takeaways from the album.
Our first introduction to Bleachers came via “I Wanna Get Better,” a bombastic song that begs to be screamed along to. Their first two albums echo this sentiment. Although there are quieter moments on both, many of the songs go with windows down on the highway. From the first notes of TTSOOSN, the album shows a new side of the band. While the softer moments outweigh the louder ones, songs like “Stop Making This Hurt” and “How Dare You Want More” show that they’re never far from their roots. Bleachers is simply expanding their sound.
On Instagram, Jack Antonoff wrote that TTSSOOSN is about “…banging on the door of the next phase of your life. all the hope that comes with that as well as the horror when it doesn’t swing open.” He also said that he wanted the album to sound like going from New York City to New Jersey; “the story of going home to find the future” heard on songs like “Chinatown.” Overall, Antonoff imagines himself standing in front of a doorway with baggage and having to decide which to take through and which gets left behind. Coming just in time for the final month of summer, this album’s themes of unearned hope and trying to grasp happiness but not understanding why you can’t pairs well with a quiet drive around your hometown.
The best way to listen
This album feels like it’s been laced with nostalgia and my first listen was during a car ride around my hometown and the surrounding areas. But, this album would be great in a dark room, playing on a record player or through headphones so you can hear every note and sound. Overall, this album deserves to be listened to, just once it needs your full attention. The themes of the album are woven and developed throughout the songs and if I’d ever gone from NYC to New Jersey, I imagine this is what it would sound like.
Alexis Crandall is an Emerson College student majoring in journalism with a minor in Public Relations. She is also an intern at AfterBuzz TV and Better Together with Maria Menounos.
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