At this point, its more or less safe to assume that everyone has heard of Twenty One Pilots. I would be very surprised if someone hasn't at least heard the name, or unknowingly heard part of at least one song. I personally had that happen, completely unknowingly. I'll explain later on, as the first two songs I ever heard from TØP are on this album.
Anyways, the album that really seemed to draw full attention to Twenty One Pilots was actually their fourth studio album, Blurryface. It came out on May 17, 2015, and its insanely popular. In just one year, its already gone Gold in Canada, Denmark, and the UK, and Platinum in the US. It also hit number one on two different US charts, and broke the top ten in five other countries.
So clearly, Blurryface is a big fucking deal!
I think part of their appeal is the fact that they're extremely unique. There's not many people -if any, quite like this duet. Plus, they're very catchy. If I was to describe their sound, I would say alternative hip hop would be fitting, or hip hop pop -if that's a thing. They're definitely not my usual taste but I do see their appeal.
Prior to doing this album, I had only heard three songs, two of which were singles. "Fairly Local", "The Judge", and obviously, "Stressed Out." Now even TØP has acknowledged that "Stressed Out" is a bit overplayed, but its still a good song, nonetheless. I like the meaning behind it, because who doesn't want to go back to a simpler time some days? We all do it, and we all end up reminiscing about childhood memories. In those case, the memories include building a rocket ship and flying it far away. I'm honestly not surprised this song blew up, even if the style isn't for everyone, everyone can appreciate the lyrics on some level.
That's something I noticed through out the album, lyrics that everyone could possibly appreciate. Plus, some very good one liners in lyrics. I could probably pin point something in every song, but I won't go on for that long. As it is there was a lot to say about this album that very clearly blew up, so I will try to hurry it up so you're not reading forever. So, instead of talking about everything, I will just pick out a couple songs to talk about. Those songs are, "Ride", "Tear In My Heart", and last but certainly not least, "We Don't Believe What's On TV."
Actually, "We Don't Believe What's On TV" hands down is my favorite on this album. It was one of those songs that made me stop and go, "Holy shit, they feel the exact same way I do" to myself, while blinking at the lyrics on my computer screen. Its all about doubting your dreams, and just hoping people will still be around when you fail. Notice that -its when you fail, not if. There's this interesting thing when you are really dedicated to a goal, where sometimes you feel like you're on top of the world and everything's going to work out. Then there's the reverse side of that, where you feel like you're falling down a hill, and will definitely not be able to come back from that. You constantly go back and forth if you're doing the right thing or completely wasting your time.
I've never had a song express that so well, so this one really impressed me! This is something I struggle with a lot, so its always cool to realize that someone who has made it, feels the same way. It gives you some hope that maybe one day it'll be the same for you.
I rambled on a long time about just that song alone, so I'm going to be fairly brief about the other two songs. "Tear in My Heart" is easily the sweetest TOP song I've heard so far. Its about caring for someone so much, and he compares love to music. I'm a sucker for anything being compared to music really. "The songs on the radio are okay, but my taste in music is your face. And it takes a song to come around to show you how." He thinks back to a time when a girl fell asleep in his car and he avoided pot holes just so she could sleep, while cussing the government for not using our taxes to fill the holes with more cement. It feels quite genuine, and very really, and that's something I really thought was great.
Lastly, there's "Ride." It really paints a picture of feeling like you're struggling and falling, but yet you're still trying to get time on your side. It also talks about how its easy to say you've got someone's back,but we all know some don't. Its a very deep, interesting track and that's definitely something to appreciate. Not to mention, but completely mentioning it anyways, it would make a very awesome music video, if they stuck to the lyrics and used that fully as their inspiration.
So there you have it, Blurryface is an awesome album and that's really no news to anyone. On that note, please let me know what your favorite songs from this album are, and head on over to Twenty One Pilot's official website. Over there you can see a ton of stuff, like tour dates, merch, pictures, and more!
TOP is currently on tour around the US and almost every date is already sold out, but then in August they will be heading over to the UK for the Reading and Leeds Festivals, then going to Canada and all over Europe in the fall! Full tour dates can be found over on the site, as we already said, so please go check that out.
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.