AND THE YEAR OF GOOD MUSIC CONTINUES!
Twenty One Pilots released their new album, “Blurryface”, a couple of weeks ago and it debuted at number one on the Billboards – which is a very big deal in this music scene. It was well deserved too: I can’t stop listening to it.
Even though I saw them two years ago opening for Fall Out Boy, I didn’t really start listening to TOP until last year, and now, I have to admit, I’m a bit addicted.
Favourite lyric: This doesn’t mean I lost my dream, it’s just right now I got a really crazy mind to clean
As far as album openers go, I think this was a good choice. TOP doesn’t really fit into one genre, and, even if you weren’t that big a fan to begin with, this first track gives you a vague idea of how experimental they are.
2) “Stressed Out”
Favourite lyric: I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink, but now I’m insecure and I care what people think
I loved this song from the time it came out. From the Eminem-esque opening (I’m impartial to Eminem), to Blurryface’s verse at the end, I love every second of it. I think it speaks to a lot of people, and, since it came out about a week after I found out I’d have to look for a new job, it became pretty relevant to my life.
Favourite lyric: …who would you ever live for? who would you die for? and would you ever kill?
This super reggae-flavoured song isn’t my favourite. It’s cute, and it grew on me, but it’s not my favourite. It does tend to get stuck in my head, though.
4) “Fairly Local”
Favourite lyric: Tomorrow I’ll switch the beat to avoid yesterday’s dance
This was the first single released for this album and I liked it right away. There’s a great dichotomy in this: the first verse is very negative, while the second verse is more positive and is about trying to be better, but the second verse is followed by Blurryface’s part, which represents insecurity. I can explain this better out loud, but the second half of the song almost seems to contradict itself.
It’s really interesting being a casual fan when a band is releasing new music because people were losing their minds over how dark this sounded, and I honestly didn’t even register that Tyler was singing in a deeper voice (i.e. the “Blurryface” voice) until I read the comments (I just figured that’s how he sang).
5) “Tear in My Heart”
Favourite lyric: The songs on the radio are okay, but my taste in music is your face
How flipping cute is that lyric? It sounds like something I would say. And I love that his wife is the one who shows up to “save” him at the end.
Another case of how interesting it is to compare the reactions of hardcore fans vs casual fans. The comment section was full of theories and explanations for basically every aspect of this video, and it was fascinating.
6) “Lane Boy”
Favourite lyric: Don’t trust a perfect person and don’t trust a song that’s flawless
That’s a great line, but again, not my favourite song. I like the vaguely EDM-esque breakdown at the end, but the song as a whole is less than impressive.
7) “The Judge”
Favourite lyric: I’m a pro at imperfections and I’m best friends with my doubt
At first, I thought this was the most radio friendly song they had (until I heard “We Don’t Believe What’s On TV” – more on that in a minute), because it has such a mellow vibe compared to “Lane Boy” or “Fairly Local” and I can imagine it being played on certain indie stations. The drums are on point, and there’s that stuttering moment about 2 minutes in that never fails to make me look up, worried that my CD is skipping (yeah, I still buy CDs).
Favourite lyric: Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts, you are all that I’ve got
This reminds me of something, but I can’t figure out what – sort of like something you’d hear in a club (I’ve been clubbing all of once, so I’m not exactly an expert…). If you can figure out what it sounds like, please let me know!
Favourite lyric: These stairs is where I’ll be hiding all my problems
This is such a crazy blend of genres, I don’t even know what to call it. It’s like reggae meets EDM meets…I don’t know what. And yet, it works. I also really like bopping around to the “dah dah dah’s” (or are they “la la la’s”?).
10) “We Don’t Believe What’s On TV”
Favourite lyric: I need to know that when I fail you’ll still be here
This sounds like it could be a Walk the Moon or Vance Joy song or something (I only know that one Vance Joy song, so I could be completely off with that comparison). It’s super catchy and is probably the most radio friendly song on the album.
11) “Message Man”
Favourite lyric: These lyrics aren’t for everyone, only few understand
This song makes me want to break it down with the fast-paced staccato verses and the bopping synths.
Favourite lyric: My shadow tilts its head at me
This could be a Killers song or something. It definitely has an alternative/dance vibe to it (especially the chorus), and it’s proof that TOP are something special because this album continues to flow, even though most of the tracks sound nothing alike.
13) “Not Today”
Favourite lyric: …I know this one’s a contradiction because of how happy it sounds, but the lyrics are so down
This one is cute and reminds me of fun. or even The Format. I can definitely imagine this song before a Panic! at the Disco set.
Favourite lyric: I’ve got two faces, blurry’s the one I’m not
And now for a complete shift for the previous track. While “Not Today” was boppy and fun, this one is definitely darker – both sonically and lyrically. It makes a lot of sense as a closer because it ties together the album’s themes of trying to get over your insecurities (i.e. defeating Blurryface) and how sometimes you need help from other people.