Album Review: Blurryface – Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots isn’t one to sit on the floor and be silent. No, Twenty One Pilots is the band we have all come to know through balaclavas and drum-driven songs.

Having skyrocketed onto the scene in late 2013, musical duo Twenty One Pilots are back with a new album, Blurryface, and a somewhat developed sound.

Opening with Heavy Dirty Soul, the album starts off strong, with the upbeat track reminiscent of what you expect of a Twenty One Pilot song. The contrast between the chorus and the verses is especially impressive.

Stressed Out, the second tune on the album, is arguably the best glimpse into the album as a whole. Full of catchy lyrics and a strong bassline/drumming combination, I quite frankly can’t get the chorus out of my mind.

Next up is Ride, a more reggae feeling track. While it might seem out of place amongst such dominant sounding songs, it makes for a refreshing moment.

Tear In My Heart is the most upbeat and ‘poppy’ song on the album and yet there are no complaints whatsoever. A romantic tune, the lyrics in particular are a highlight of the album, with such gems like “the songs on the radio are okay but my taste in music is your face.”

The Judge follows a similar suit, though with heavier lyrics. It is also the return of the ukulele that Twenty One Pilots have such a fondness for.

Lane Boy starts off with a sound that is reminiscent of an old school arcade game. Imagine what a song that incorporates a simplistic chorus, techno beats and fast paced rapping sounds like and you’ll probably get Lane Boy.

Meanwhile, We Don’t Believe What’s On TV sounds almost like a Mumford & Sons track, while Polarize has a definite hip-hop influence.

A personal highlight for me comes in the form of Hometown. Deviating quite far from their previous records, the song fits more in the pop rock lane. Though this being said, the vocals are absolutely stunning.

Goner is the perfect track to close out the album. Emotional, raw and piano based, I wouldn’t blame you if you shed a tear or two.

I’ll leave the rest of the tracklist up to you to discover.

The album in its entirety sounds a bit like a pick n mix, you get bits and pieces of everything. From overly-produced and powerful tracks to fluffier ukulele and piano based tunes, it really does have everything you could ever want and more.

Putting such a wide variation of songs onto one album may seem odd to a lot of people, but as lead singer Tyler Joseph so delicately puts it, “this record is supposed to be listened to as a whole. Some people might not understand that.” Each song tells a different piece of a story and so, Blurryface, works.

Bands like Twenty One Pilots are the future of the music industry. An industry that focuses on music as an art form in its entirety. From the sound to the artwork to the visuality of a live performance. It is clear, just listening to Tyler and Josh speak, that there is a lot of thought put into Twenty One Pilots as an artistic brand.

Ask them about their intentions, for example the reasoning behind their album cover, and they will give you a detailed and well-thought insight. It is clear that they love what they do and the people who support them, and so, accompanied by such a strong and eclectic record, I can only predict even bigger success ahead. This two man band is going to continue doing their thing and I guarantee that the world is going to continue listening.

I, for one, cannot wait to see how they incorporate the ideas in Blurryface into their live shows.

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