Hampered only by the brilliance of his other projects
Josh Williams
14:21 30th July 2021

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Jack Antonoff is a very busy man. In between working on Taylor Swift’s folklore, evermore, and Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Lorde’s forthcoming Solar Power, Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails over the Country Club, and many more, he’s also managed to write, record, and produce the new Bleachers album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night.

The immediate impression is that this is a fun record showing off Antonoff’s songwriting skills with ‘How Dare You Want More’ and ‘Stop Making This Hurt’ just dripping in his signature pop sensibilities. 

There’s a lot to be said for the record’s more tender moments too. The Bruce Springsteen featuring ‘Chinatown’ was released last year and only gets better in the context of the record with its slow build and The Boss’ gravelly tones while the Lana Del Rey featuring ‘Secret Life’ is perfect for the slow dance at the end of a wedding reception with its relaxed romantic vibe and the lyric “I just wanna have you in a secret life, cause I’m sick of chasing all these holy ghosts, been tryna tell you that I want you the most” bathing in romance. 

Considering the strength of his other projects in the last year, it’s not a surprise that Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night isn’t Antonoff’s strongest work. At the heart of it all, though, is an incredibly fun record which will make you sing, dance, and fall in love all at once. 

Take The Sadness Out of Saturday Night is out now. 

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