Creating a character to embody one’s insecurities is a difficult task, but schizo-pop band twenty one pilots has done the near-impossible with their fourth studio album, Blurryface. Topping US Billboard charts following its release, Blurryface was received with incredible praise from fans and critics alike. Although vastly different from their previous album, Vessel, Blurryface is a work of art that is guaranteed to make you want more. Starting with the first track, Heavydirtysoul, the album promises to be fantastic, featuring a strange yet haunting opener to the song. Lead singer Tyler Joseph is featured with his fast-paced rap, and drummer Josh Dun shows his stuff with a rhythmic beat that is sure to have you bobbing your head along. However, Heavydirtysoul is just where it begins. From there, the record moves on to Stressed Out, the third single released before the album itself, which focuses on the pressure of adulthood. The next few songs are by far the most popular, both genre-specifically and on public radios. Ride, with its smooth and calming melody, Fairly Local, with its eccentric beat, and Tear In My Heart, the band’s only love song about Joseph’s wife, Jenna Joseph. From The Judge, with its upbeat ukulele track, to Goner, the last song containing a slow and smooth melody, to Lane Boy, the dubstep-ish sixth track featuring yet another rap of Joseph’s, there’s a song for everyone. The album features 14 songs that evoke emotions that were previously unknown and invites listeners to believe that despite their struggles, they are not alone in this world. Listen to Blurryface and believe, while listening to the talented pair put their souls into the music, that you, too, are not alone.
I will admit, when I first listened to Blurryface, I was stunned. The first time through (and many a time afterwards) when I actually listened and paid attention to what I was hearing, I cried. Not many albums can do that to me, but in Blurryface, when focusing on the music and hearing it, it’s possible to hear the emotion behind every chord and the pieces of their souls that Joseph and Dun have put into this music. While some have said that it is erring more on the side of experimentation rather than an album of hits, if you liked Vessel (and even if not! There are many songs on the album that people with no prior experience with the band have loved!), you are sure to like at least a part of Blurryface. Although much of it is experimental, there isn’t a single song that I dislike and I think that many listeners will find that they are the same way, or at least only dislike a couple of songs.
Overall rating: 9/10
**Note: some of the lyrics may need trigger warnings, depending on the person. Joseph raps about many sensitive topics, including depression, self-harm, and suicide.**