Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots (2015)

Twenty One Pilots Blurryface

Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
Fueled By Ramen, 2015
52 minutes

Twenty One Pilots’ major label release, Vessel, was a fresh sound in 2013 with little filler. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the follow-up, Blurryface. There are some very good songs on this album, and even two great ones. But the filler is overbearing. In “Lane Boy,” Tyler Joseph himself sings, “Honest, there’s a few songs on this record that feel common.”

Blurryface starts strong with an in-your-face slam poetry rocker, “Heavydirtysoul,” followed by the angst-ridden “Stressed Out.” The third track, “Ride,” is a tolerable diversion from the norm, displaying a reggae influence. If that was the only instance of Jamaican flavor on Blurryface, it would be excusable, but Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun return to that island music far too often (“Lane Boy,” “Message Man,” “Polarize” are just a few of the other infected songs). “Fairly Local” brings the listener back to the alternative rock, and the single “Tear in My Heart” is a standout track. “Doubt” is the only somewhat memorable song of the next four, with a sound that seems like a leftover from Vessel, while the excellent “We Don’t Believe What’s On TV” is reminiscent of the now-classic “House of Gold.” Of the final three tracks, “Goner” is probably the most memorable with its brooding lyrics, but “Hometown” has more of a radio-friendly appeal though it sounds nothing like a Twenty One Pilots song at all. “Not Today” also has a good hook and the insecure lyrics will play well with the young fan base.

Blurryface is a good album, but is most certainly a step back from Vessel. “Tear In My Heart” and “We Don’t Believe What’s On TV” are the essential tracks, while “Heavydirtysoul,” “Stressed Out,” and “Not Today” are the second tier. The rest, in Joseph’s own words, “feel common.”

Tracklist:
1. Heavydirtysoul
2. Stressed Out
3. Ride
4. Fairly Local
5. Tear In My Heart
6. Lane Boy
7. The Judge
8. Doubt
9. Polarize
10. We Don’t Believe What’s On TV
11. Message Man
12. Hometown
13. Not Today
14. Goner

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About JT

Preacher. Author. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on May 26, 2015, in music, reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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