Bleachers – Bleachers

Jersey boy Jack Antonoff has never hid his affection for, even aping of, ultimate Jersey Boy Bruce Springsteen....
Bleachers : Bleachers
7.5 Dirty Hit
2024 
Bleachers : Bleachers

Jersey boy Jack Antonoff has never hid his affection for, even aping of, ultimate Jersey Boy Bruce Springsteen, singing songs about getting out of small towns (even if those types of post-industrial towns aren’t what they were when the Cold War was still on) and putting saxophone into his rock n’ roll as Bleachers. Still, it hits a new high on Bleachers, in ways great and not as.

And there are great songs on Bleachers. “Modern Girl” is a big-time small town celebration, and “Self Respect” a powerful, building call to live life. Meanwhile, Antonoff does try some different things, such as the conversational & close-up “Hey Joe” (that’s more like the Boss telling a story between songs), or the indie-key “Jesus Is Dead” (that still has saxophone like when the Big Man was still alive). Yet there are also some more basic songs (the low-key “Alma Mater” isn’t made special by including Lana Del Rey), and a few nearer the ended where the synths & vocoders take over.

Loving Springsteen is nothing new, not even in alt-rock – look at The Killers, or fellow Garden Staters The Gaslight Anthem (QRO review of song with Springsteen). There’s a reason The Boss is The Boss (ironically, a word actually invented in nearby old New Amsterdam). Even if Antonoff’s reach is further than his grasp, he still definitely goes for it as Bleachers.

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