ALBUM REVIEW                            :        BLURRYFACE

ARTIST                                      :        TWENTYONE PILOTS

GENRE                                       :        HIP HOP / R AND B / POP

DATE RELEASED                          :        2015

The year 2015 might turn out to be a year where good albums were the norm of the day. Few more months left before the year ends, already, there are so many outstanding album and too many too mention that it will take a separate article to enumerate them.  Twentyone Pilots further complicated the list by releasing Blurrface as this is definitely one of the best album of the year.  Here is a track by track review of this album.

  • Heavydirtysoul – a very good uptempo song with EDM beats and rap fused together.  Result? You have a track which will remind you Chemical Brothers tracks way back in the 90’s or “The Rockafellar Skank” by Fat Boy Slim.
  • Stressed Out – this is not song about regrets even though it is peppered with words “if I could turn back times to the good old days.”  This could be a song about the way mother singing lullaby soothed out our life.
  • Ride – this will make you look for your Bob Marley collection.
  • Fairly Local – the most radio friendly track in this album.
  • Tear in My Heart – seems like a protest song as it has a line “cursing my government for not using my taxes” however, it is a dating song. The track is structured like an anthem.
  • Lane Boy – the infusion of reggae elements in this track will remind you of 90’s rap produced by Snow for example; remember “Informer?”
  • The Judge – perhaps the most eclectic song in this album, it is hard to categorize if this one is pop, rap, rack, or alternative. It feels like a journey to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” or Tears For Fears “Sowing The Seeds of Love.”
  • Doubt and Pilots Polarize – in terms of EDM elements and song structure, this track can be likened to Madonna’s “Bitch I’m Madonna;” catchy and fun.
  • We Don’t Believe What’s On TV – another song that proves just how talented these guys are; another thinking song for the listeners.
  • Message Man – basing on the song intro, you would think that this is a dance track.  Then, you were surprised as it transform into some kind of stadium chants, then the words come in and you thought that Wale is featured on this record.  This is not a mess just a show of versatility of the band.
  • Pilots Hometime – started like a “Spirits In The Material World” then progressed to dance music. Given the right DJ, this song could be a club hit.
  • Not Today – a journey to the eighties song in here.
  • Goner – is an amazing song; it started as a ballad then as it progresses it slowly transform as a rock tune. Then, towards the near end of the song, it alter genre and became like a seventies rock or a Limp Bizkit song depending on take.

As you can see, there is no throwaway track in this album.  With that I rate this record 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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