Strange Desire

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Strange Desire
Bleachers Strange Desire.jpg
Studio album by Bleachers
ReleasedJuly 10, 2014
Recorded2013–14
Genre
Length38:55
LabelRCA
Producer
Bleachers chronology
Strange Desire
(2014)
Gone Now
(2017)
Singles from Strange Desire
  1. "I Wanna Get Better"
    Released: February 18, 2014
  2. "Shadow"
    Released: May 6, 2014
  3. "Rollercoaster"
    Released: June 10, 2014
  4. "Like a River Runs"
    Released: June 23, 2014
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[3]
Consequence of SoundC–[4]
PopMatters7/10[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Spin6/10[7]
Sputnikmusic4/5[8]
Under the Radar3.5/10[9]

Strange Desire is the debut album released by American indie pop act Bleachers, led by guitarist Jack Antonoff. The album was released on July 10, 2014, through RCA Records, and produced the singles "I Wanna Get Better", "Shadow" and "Rollercoaster".

Release[edit]

"I Wanna Get Better" was released digitally as the lead single from Strange Desire on February 18, 2014.[10][11] It has peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and number ten on the Hot Rock Songs chart, becoming Bleachers' most successful single to date.[12][13] The song's music video – directed by actress and filmmaker Lena Dunham, Antonoff's then girlfriend – premiered on March 27, and depicts Antonoff as a troubled therapist.[14] "Shadow" was made available for streaming on April 29,[15] before being released as the album's second single on May 6.[16][17] On May 15, Strange Desire was announced for release in July. Antonoff said the name was "the 2 words that perfectly title what this Bleachers album is as a documentation of my life as I can remember it at this point".[18] "Rollercoaster" was released as the third single on June 10[19] and was also made available upon pre-ordering Strange Desire on the iTunes Store.[20] "Like a River Runs" was made available for streaming on June 27.[21] Strange Desire was released on July 15 through RCA Records, and was made available for streaming the following day.[22]

Following the release, the group performed at a number of festivals: Wireless, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands Music, Boston Calling Music and ACL Music.[18] "Rollercoaster" was released to radio on September 9.[23] In late November, the group released Strange Desire (The Demos) for Record Store Day Black Friday, consisting of six album demos.[24] In March and April 2015, the group embarked on a headlining US tour, dubbed Bleachers Come Alive!, with support from Joywave and Night Terrors of 1927.[25] Following this, the band appeared at Rock in Rio festival in May.[26] In June and July, the group went on a mixture of US, European and Canadian shows. In July and August, the group went on a co-headlining US tour with Charli XCX, titled Charli and Jack Do America Tour.[27] On August 12, a music video was released for "Like a River Runs".[28] The group was scheduled to go on a second leg of their tour with Charli XCX in September and October.[27] However, on August 22 it was announced that the leg had been cancelled amid creative and personal differences.[29]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jack Antonoff and John Hill and produced by Hill and Antonoff, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Wild Heart" 
3:20
2."Rollercoaster" 
3:08
3."Shadow"
 3:51
4."I Wanna Get Better"  3:24
5."Wake Me"
 2:43
6."Reckless Love"  3:01
7."Take Me Away" (featuring Grimes)
 2:30
8."Like a River Runs" 
  • Hill
  • Antonoff
  • Clarke[a]
3:33
9."You're Still a Mystery"  4:24
10."I'm Ready to Move On / Wild Heart Reprise" (featuring Yoko Ono)
  • Hill
  • Antonoff
  • Clarke[a]
4:11
11."Who I Want You to Love"
  • Antonoff
  • Hill
  • Haynie
 4:50
Total length:38:55

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.

Personnel[edit]

  • Jack Antonoff – programming, drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, piano, vocals, string arrangement ("I'm Ready to Move On/Wild Heart Reprise")
  • Grace Dunham – spoken word ("Wild Heart," "I'm Ready to Move On/Wild Heart Reprise," "Who I Want You to Love")
  • John Hill – programming, drums, guitars, keyboards
  • Vince Clarke – programming, keyboards
  • Greg Kurstin – synths, electric guitars, drums
  • Sara Quin – background vocals
  • Jon Shiffman – drums
  • Emile Haynie – programming
  • Rachel Antonoff – background vocals
  • Andrew Dost – background vocals
  • Mae Whitman – background vocals
  • Grimes – vocals
  • Kurt Uenala – programming
  • Lena Dunham – background vocals
  • Yoko Ono – spoken word ("I'm Ready to Move On/Wild Heart Reprise")
  • Little Ricky Antonoff – guitar
  • Phillip Peterson – cello, string arrangement ("Who I Want You to Love")
  • Victoria Parker – violin

Charts[edit]

Strange Desire debuted at No. 11 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 21,000 copies in its first week of release.[30]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[31] 19
US Billboard 200[32] 11
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[33] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[34] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia[35] July 11, 2014 Digital download RCA Records
United States[36] July 15, 2014

Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2[edit]

Following the release of Steel Train's Terrible Thrills, Vol. 1 in 2010,[37] Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 was released on September 25, 2015 as a companion to Strange Desire.[38] The album features covers of each song on the album by a female artist, with the following track listing.

No.TitleFeatured artist(s)Length
1."Wild Heart"Sara Bareilles2:59
2."Rollercoaster"Charli XCX3:08
3."Shadow"Carly Rae Jepsen3:39
4."I Wanna Get Better"Tinashe3:04
5."Wake Me"Lucius3:17
6."Reckless Love"Elle King2:50
7."Take Me Away"2:29
8."Like a River Runs"Sia3:58
9."You're Still a Mystery"3:04
10."I'm Ready to Move On/Wild Heart Reprise"Susanna Hoffs4:18
11."Who I Want You to Love"Natalie Maines4:48

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