‘Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night’ Album Review

Sarah Stukalin

As if Jack Antonoff hasn’t given us enough this year, the artist and producer’s band Bleachers has released their third studio album entitled Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night. The album is everything that makes Bleachers a great band, complete with Bleachers-esque background vocals, heart-wrenching lyrics, and star-studded features. 

Described as “collaborative, chameleonic, versatile, and difficult to pin down save for one word: tasteful,” Jack Antonoff has done it again and created an album for the ages. 

Something that makes Bleacher’s music so showstopping and inspiring is that the band’s music fosters a sort of internal sense of peace and community within the listener. In the album’s sixth track, “Stop Making This Hurt,” the lyrics are eerily relatable: telling stories of a simple life and all the tribulations that come with it. Antonoff sings “But if we take the sadness out of Saturday night / I wonder what we’ll be left with, anything worth the fight? / I wanna run from the darkness, wanna shout at the light.”

Something about a band collectively singing about a human experience is comforting: the music is downright therapeutic and good for the soul, and it lets us as the listener know we are not alone. 

Aside from brilliant lyricism, Bleachers features Bruce Springsteen and Lana Del Rey on their album. That was a risky move: as it is clear to almost everyone the two artists, despite both being well-respected, possess two very different styles; however, this works to Bleacher’s benefit. The band meshes its style with each featured artist to create something beautiful and unique. Neither Springsteen nor Del Rey loses themselves in the track, but rather takes their musicality and uses it to compliment what Bleachers has given to the song. 

All in all, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night is a lovely album complete with the style and lyricism that makes Bleachers such a great band. The songs are for everyday life: they’re simple, sophisticated, and relatable.

Listen to Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night here! 

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