Just before the release of Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots were slowly gaining more and more
popularity with those who had never heard of them before. The band consisting of Tyler Joseph and
Joshua Dun, probably never thought they would make it this far and become so successful. Although
being around for a while, Twenty One Pilots became internationally successful overnight. With the
release of their album Blurryface they were sure to become huge.
The album kicks off with ‘HeavyDirtySoul. This track is fast paced with fast drum beats that make you
want to get onto your feet and join Tyler and clap along to the chorus. With the song being this
catchy and it being the first song, it is a good sign for the rest of the album. Next up is ‘Stressed Out’,
the second song on the album the first single released. The song has the same style to
HeavyDirtySoul but is also slower in tempo. Although popular the lyrics to the songs Twenty One
Pilots produce are quite depressing, such as in Stressed Out the songs starts off with ‘I wish I found
some better sounds no one’s ever heard, I wish I had a better voice and sang some better words’. The
depressing lyrics aside these are the things their fans new and old can relate to making them the
new influential band of the new generation.
‘Ride’ has a very reggae influenced sound to it. The album has taken a sudden turn with this song as
it sounds totally different to what the album has sounded like so far. It is still very catchy, with great
lyrics and a chorus that will get crowds pumped when played live. ‘Fairly Local’ is the fourth track on
the album and personally my favourite off the entire album. The song is deeper than Ride and starts
off with a dark haunting sound to it. It is slow, emotional and eerie.
Up next is a complete twist in sound with ‘Tear In My Heart’, this song is more upbeat and is more
pop sounding than the other songs. The lyrics here are about a relationship, they seem upbeat with
the likes of ‘You fell asleep in my, the car the whole time, but that’s okay I’ll just avoid the holes so
you’ll sleep fine’. This song is a classic pop based track, but with a style that only this band can
produce. ‘Lane Boy’ is like Ride and Tear In My Heart combined. The track is faster paced like TIMH
but reggae influenced again like Ride. The difference in this song is the synth heavy sound it brings in
the middle of the song, it is almost like the band are building up to this sound and then just let it
burst through, it is essentially the energy of the song that everyone is waiting for.
Bringing back the classic ukulele, ‘The Judge’ is a raw stripped down song, sounding like House of
Gold’s younger sister, which is needed to split up Lane boy and Doubt. ‘Doubt’ is very R&B
influenced, it is the song that makes this album a Twenty One Pilots album. The sound is completely
different to the rest, it is one that many may skip and later on realise their mistake when they hear
it. Before you get to listen to the song, there are two laid back tracks that give you no preparation
for what to expect when this song comes on, which could be seen as a good surprise.
Without realising ‘Polarize’ comes on right after Doubt. These types of transitions are great because
you don’t realise the song is over therefore you don’t lose focus on what you’re listening to. So far
whilst listening to this album, there has been nothing but praise for it because it deserves it however
the only issue I have with it is how much it is influenced by the mainstream media. The album is
aimed at the new audience and fanbase that the band now has which almost defeats the purpose of
Twenty One Pilots unique identity, but if they release songs like Polarize and Fairly Local then I won’t
be complaining in the foreseeable future.
‘We Don’t Believer What’s On TV’ starts off sounding like
something I have heard before but I cannot remember what it is. The song unlike the previous few is
raw in terms of it is not perfect and it is not as perfect as the rest but it still makes a good song.
‘Message Man’ is up next and honestly I keep feeling like and Avril Lavigne song is about to start.
This track is so bass heavy that it will be amazing when performed live. ‘Hometown’ is next and it is
very U2 sounding like a mix of U2 and Twenty One Pilots mashed together. The sounds the album is
throwing out at us is so different that expecting this is not surprising. It takes a few listens to the
song to get used to the new beat being given but it will no doubt become a favourite.
‘Not Today’ showcases Tyler’s voice perfectly. The rawness of his voice can be heard throughout the
song alongside Josh’s steady drum beat blending in smoothly with Tyler’s harmony. The claps that
can be heard during the chorus will no doubt become something fans will pick up on during shows.
‘Goner’ is the final track on the album, it is time to say farewell, with its slow piano beginning. This
song is the emotional ending that all albums should have. Starting off slow, calm and hushed down
to a whisper to ending with screams and anger ‘I need your help to take him out’.
The album overall is strange. It has so many different sounds to it that it is for anyone that wants to
listen to something new but also something familiar. It has hints of R&B, pop, heavy synths, U2 and
more. It gives mixed feelings and takes a few listens to to get the hang of it but it is something that
will definitely become something great in the future.
Last year we were lucky enough to attend a Twenty One Pilots show.
On this evening, we recorded the performance of 'Tear In My Heart'.
If you want to check it out, you'll be able to on the bottom of the page!
Written by Samia Mirza
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