If you’re looking for a great talent to listen to, Twenty One Pilots are your guys. The indie-pop duo was supposed to release their album “Blurryface” on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, but they thought their fans needed to hear the awesomeness earlier, so it was released on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
Packed with new beats, witty lyrics and the beautiful voice of lead singer Tyler Joseph, “Blurryface” gives off a successful indie-pop sound and makes us feel diverse emotions in every song.
This masterpiece starts off with the catchiest song on the album, “Heavydirtysoul.” What better way to start the album off with a fast-paced, up-beat tune with a hint of rap? I recommend this song to anyone who is going out running or just exercising in general because this song will surely pump you up. Joseph’s rapping skills are off the charts, and I am pretty sure you will be as impressed as I was when I first listened to the album.
“Stressed Out” is a slower tempo, and the mysterious album name shows itself in the lyrics with Joseph singing the lyrics, “My name’s Blurryface and I care what you think.”
Joseph sings about how things used to be easier and we did not have to worry about everything, but as we get older, all of the responsibilities seep in and we all get “Stressed Out.” He raps about wanting to go back to that time and leaving the real world, but he describes that now the world laughs at us, telling us to make money. Well done, Joseph. This is my favorite song on the album.
“I can relate to the concept of the lyrics and I like the concept of him connecting his memories to how he feels now,” says freshman Nicole Lawniczuk.
Need to find your new summer song? “Ride” is probably the best choice for you. Although the first two songs are also genius and straight up amazing, “Ride” will get you feeling nostalgic about the summer and the sun beating down on your skin.
As I was listening to this song, I pictured myself kicking my feet up on the dashboard of a convertible with the wind blowing my hair in different directions while singing the chorus: “I’m falling, so I’m taking my time on my ride.”
“Everything about ‘Ride’ is musically impressive. The bass line matches with the vocals and the vocals match with the keyboard and the keyboard matches with the drum line. As impressive as the song is, the lyrics are what brings the song to be so great,” says freshman Courtney Levine.
“Fairly Local” is one of those songs where you are kind of confused about what is happening in the song, but later on, you learn to like it. It is not my favorite song in the album, but it is still pretty decent. It gives off an emotional action-movie-soundtrack vibe and you kind of feel like a cool action movie character… I guess.
“Tear In My Heart” is your typical love song with cute lyrics like, “You fell asleep in my car I drove the whole time, but that’s okay, I’ll just avoid the holes so you sleep fine.” Is that cute or what? Joseph makes you feel the love that he feels for this girl, and I think it is a beautiful song. I feel you, Joseph, I really do.
Another amazing song? Not a surprise when it comes to Twenty One Pilots. “Lane Boy” is probably the second catchiest song on the album and I happen to love it. The beat reminds me of one of those cool chasing songs that they have in like “Mission Impossible” or something. Basically, this album has made people want to actually work out. Crazy, right?
As plain as it sounds, “Doubt” rubs off a futuristic sound with a catchy chorus. Joseph explains his fears in this song, which makes you feel more connected to him as a person. He also mentions another person who helps him to get over his fears, and begs him/her to stay because he cannot do it without him/her. Pretty emotional, right? I guess that’s what Joseph was going for.
Joesph, known to share his personal experiences with us, has fully lived up to that description in “Message Man,” “Hometown,” and “Not Today.” The lyrics talk about what goes on in that genius mind of his. Is it just me, or are you just as impressed as I am at how open he is with his fans? I swear, Joseph is out to (emotionally) kill us all.
Lastly, “Goner” is probably the most perfect song to close up this amazing album. It starts off soft and calm, then turns really intense and serious nearing the end, but then takes an unexpected change to the calm and soft tempo. Joseph also sings, “I’ve got two faces, and Blurry’s the one I’m not.” He means that he has two sides of him and “Blurry” is the one he doesn’t like. Basically, it’s his bad side, and when he is on his bad side, he is not his normal self.
One again, Twenty One Pilots have proven their great talent of witty lyrics and sharing their personal experiences with us. They showed me that they have been through a lot, and their best way of letting it all out is through their music, which is absolutely beautiful. I give this album a billion stars out of a billion stars because it is basically the best thing ever.
Great job, boys. Keep up the musical intellectual brilliance because you guys absolutely rock.
What did you think of Twenty One Pilots’s “Blurryface?” What was your favorite song and why?