Strange Desire (CD)


Bleachers

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Amoeba Review

07/14/2014

What if you were in one of the biggest rock bands in the world, writing and performing much of the music but the other guy in your band was the lead singer? Wouldn’t you want your own project? Jack Antonoff of the band fun. (and one-half of an entertainment power couple with Lena Dunham) leads this new band (as he did with his previous one, Steel Train), trading in a dash of fun.’s bombast for more straightforward, smart power-pop. Songs like “I Wanna Get Better” combine both pop and rock-centric production, cutting up the guitars and pianos digitally for maximum impact but leaving the drums and vocals raw to keep things feeling grounded, even as those choruses reach for the rafters every time. “Like a River Runs” employs some Edge-style guitarwork and Bruce-inspired soul searching, pulling it all together for a huge, stadium-pleasing chorus. “Rollercoaster” finds him flinging out laser beam guitars and synths over a new-wave beat and entreating “come a little closer,” besting the Killers at their own game. “Shadow’s” jaunty white-guy funk-rock sees him offering one of his most unusually sweet lyrics—“if you’re feeling small, I will love your shadow.” So subtlety isn’t his strong suit. But for that dose of shout it out the window pop abandon, Antonoff sure knows his stuff.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Wild Heart
Bleachers 03:21
2.
Rollercoaster
Bleachers 03:08
3.
Shadow
Bleachers 03:51
4.
I Wanna Get Better
Bleachers 03:26
5.
Wake Me
Bleachers 02:45
6.
Reckless Love
Bleachers 03:02
7.
Take Me Away
Bleachers 02:30
8.
Like A River Runs
Bleachers 03:34
9.
You're Still A Mystery
Bleachers 04:24
10.
I'm Ready To Move On / Wild Heart Reprise
Bleachers 04:11
11.
Who I Want You To Love
Bleachers 04:51

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