Review: I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers

When he’s not co-writing hits with Sara Bareilles or playing festivals and stadiums with Fun, Jack Antonoff finds time to write insanely catchy songs for himself. Antonoff spent his time on the road writing songs for a new project which remained quiet until in February when I Wanna Get Better hit all of our ears. The song quickly blew up on the charts and is still in regular rotation on the radio. How is it you ask? Well before we dive right in it, check it out below.

Makes you wanna dance and yell the chorus to the sky, right?

The moment that piano plays, you can’t help but move and bob your head. The production and simplicity behind it makes it impossible for escape. Hiding behind a voice like Nate Ruess’ for years, Antonoff’s sure has great range and character. (I do realize he fronted and sang in Steel Train but that predates Fun. so hush) Focusing on his past mistakes and experiences, it’s apparent in his tone that he means everything he says especially when the song’s huge chorus kicks in.

Hey! I wanna get better!
I didn’t know I was lonely ’til I saw your face
I wanna get better, better, better, better,
I wanna get better
I didn’t know I was broken ’til i wanted to change
I wanna get better, better, better, better,
I wanna get better

The message is very very very simple but super optimistic. Realizing your mistakes and loving yourself for someone or well, yourself. A great message for a pop song. A clique worth pressing repeat for.

Lately we’ve been treated to some unexpected hits from virtually unknown indie pop bands. A breath of fresh air for the charts to be honest. Well Bleachers be remembered in the years to come? Hard to say since Antonoff is 100% committed to Fun but I can see I Wanna Get Better still being played and danced along to for years to come. If you find yourself loving this song (How could you not?) be sure to check out Bleachers debut album, Strange Desire, which comes out July 15th.

I Wanna Get Better gets a 5 out of 5.

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