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Review: Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff Is an Emo Elton John on ‘Gone Now’

Jack Antonoff is a grown-up emo kid and a fullyrealized tune machine – an Elton John whose yellow-brick road always leads backto his sad bedroom. Bleachers’ second LP exudes a kind of afflicted bliss,anthemic Eighties pop and R&B impressions built from the harried, diaristic isolation that era’s Top 40 only allowed in at the margins. Lordeco-writes and sings on the synth-pop gusher “Don’t Take the Money,”and Carly Rae Jepsen shows up on “Hate That You Know Me,” part snappyelectro-pop tune, part industrial angst spiral. 

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