Album Review: Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface


#aotd is Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots. These guys are hard to pin into a single genre as they blur the lines between rap, rock, pop and even reggae at several points during this album. On this album the band has matured lyrically, instrumentally and conceptually. Frontman Tyler Joseph has become more confident since the bands last effort and this is evident in his improved vocal performance but even more so in the over-arching concept of the album. “Blurryface” refers to the side of Tyler’s psyche where all of his self-doubts and insecurities lurk and the album is pretty much a story about him struggling with this Blurryface character. On songs like “Lane Boy” Tyler sings and raps about the pressures of making a sophomore record-label release which will pretty much be their breakout record. Tyler’s honesty and very human insecurity is compelling and makes the album heaps more likeable. It’s hard to talk about the album instrumentally because it doesn’t really have a concise sound. The album is a collection of fairly different musical passages which are held together by Tyler’s recognisable vocal presence and lyrical quirks. Instrumentally, the album can feel a bit overproduced at times; this very poppy clean production sounds excellent on songs like “Doubt” which has a real radio pop feel but lyrical content that directly contradicts it. However on songs like “The Judge” it would have been nice to have the acoustic strumming feel a bit rawer like it is on “We Don’t Believe What’s On TV”. The album also feels slightly bloated and probably could have done without a couple of tracks to make it more concise. At first listen, Blurryface is a deceivingly simple but genre-bending album, your enjoyment of the album depends on whether you can get behind the concept of the album and relate to Tyler’s struggles. Honestly though, Twenty One Pilots are one of the most likeable bands going today and the evolution of frontman Tyler Joseph into the confident wordsmith he is today is damn well endearing.
Rating: 3.8/5


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