Bleachers - 'Gone Now'

8/10

While his days in the band fun. may be over, producer and songwriter Jack Antonoff is far from giving up the game on the music industry. Since his 2014 debut album 'Strange Desire', the frontman has written songs for the likes of Lorde and Taylor Swift, showing that he knows how to make a pop banger or two, and this new record is filled to the brim with overzealous energy and joy.

With a clear fondness for the 80s sound, especially the Bruce Springsteen influence on the tracks 'Let's Get Married' and 'I Miss Those Days', and nostalgic techno ambitions on 'All My Heroes', 'Gone Now' seems to split the songwriters attitude between full power-pop anthems and a more diverse avenue. While each track is produced in a very commercial way, he likes to experiment within that realm and results in an extremely eclectic collection of ideas.

While there are still some very clear standout singles on here, much of the rest of the record still manages to hold its own, making it a very fulfilling listen from start to finish. Antonoff clearly has a flare for creating ambitious-sounding records and this is just another full-on dose of his talent.

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