Artist: Twenty One pilots
Reviewed by: Elliot Dawson
Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun. Two talented individuals that make up the group Twenty One Pilots. The Ohio duo’s music has something for everyone, with electronic aspects, rap aspects – and they even jam the ukulele.
After their incredibly successful major studio debut Vessel, Twenty One Pilots has toured the world extensively and created a devoted fan-base known as The Skeleton Clique. Now, they have finally released their new album Blurryface, a roller coaster journey filled with emotions and drops.
Vessel is one of my favourite albums, so I was incredibly scared to see where the band would take me with Blurryface. With high expectations, I wondered how they could possibly top it, and then the promotional single was released…
Fairly Local was a massive let-down. It was gutting. It’s kind of a boring, slow song and it just isn’t what the band is to me. My expectations for the rest of the album dipped lower than a low limbo bar and when I eventually got my hands on the album, I was very reluctant to listen to it. I didn’t want this band to take the 180 they took for Fairly Local and leave me in the dirt. Eventually, I sucked it up and gave it a listen.
My first impression of the whole album left my mind all over the place. I couldn’t figure out if it was amazing or terrible. The second time around, it made me really happy. I realised it was upbeat and fun. I listened to it again.
Curiously, it then did the opposite. I thought that it was a really sad, emotional album which felt quite slow. It made me feel different with each listen. Soon I had listened to the album about 20 times and I still couldn’t put my finger on how it made me feel.
Blurryface is much more produced and thematic than Vessel. It encompasses a larger range of genres and has as a much larger sound.
It opens with the rather grimey, trap-influenced track Heavydirtysoul. The drumming is ridiculously good here. It’s a fast-paced song with quick raps, but, in the band’s typical style, they slow it down for the catchiest of choruses. This is a great opening track.
The next song is Stressed Out. Wow. I absolutely love this song, as my neighbours already know. It is about missing the past, taking childhood for granted; something most of us did. The lyrics are relatable, catchy and at times quite funny. It introduces us to the title character of Blurryface, a being which represents insecurities. He sings in a deep, clichéd voice, but hey, it works.
The Judge and Not Today are a prime example of how great Twenty One Pilots are. The former is my favourite from the album, containing everything I like in a song; a slow bit, a quick bit, a singalong bit, and lots of “na’s” in the chorus.
However, there were a few songs letting the album down, besides Fairly Local. Like Hometown. The beginning sounds like that creepy old guy from Family Guy is singing. There’s also the sub-par Message Man, which has a kind of reggae vibe to it, mixed with light dub. Pretty weird combo which makes the whole album start to become a cluster of genres that don’t really work together.
The last track, Goner, signals the end of Blurryface; both the character and the album. It starts off very slow, then layers get added one by one, with Josh’s drumming becoming louder and louder, teasing us. There are no words in my vocabulary that would do justice to the amount of emotion I felt through this final, valiant part of the album. The closest thing I could think of is an adrenaline rush, but that doesn’t do it justice. It is a superb way to finish the album.
Blurryface contains some of the best songs the band has written. It’s a shame it isn’t consistent. I don’t think anybody expected it to be as good as Vessel, but it could have been close.SHARE THIS POST...