Blurryface

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  • TWENTY ONE PILOTS BLURRYFACE

Blurryface is the much anticipated second studio album from twenty one pilots. On the follow up to their highly successful debut Vessel, the band worked with famed producers Mike Elizondo, Mike Crossey, Tim Anderson and Ricky Reed to craft a genre-bending collection of dynamic and diverse songs.

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  1. Calvin Haneline says:
    70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Musically & Intellectually: ONE OF THE BEST BANDS EVER!!!, May 16, 2015
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    Calvin Haneline (United States) –

    This review is from: Blurryface (Audio CD)
    This is an awesome album! I received it in the mail today as a preorder through their website. As with previous albums, Twenty One Pilots keep up their consistent theme of thoughtful/philosophical poetry based lyrics, which are written by the singer, Tyler Joseph. The sound of the music itself is kind of a passionate and genre-bridging mix of rap, rock, indie pop, hip hop, emo, electronic and reggae music (which varies depending on the song). Plus the singer both raps and sings in most songs. The singer also plays the keyboard, piano, ukulele and bass guitar. The drummer, Josh Dun (it’s a two-member band), is very talented too! I first heard this band locally a few years ago at Arkansas State University, where they stole the show as an opener to the great live band Neon Trees.

    They seem to have a deep religious theme in most of their songs (especially the ones that aren’t top singles), as with many of the songs the singer seems to actually be singing to God, while others have clear religious references. However, even as an agnostic (unknowing/undecided) I don’t mind in the least bit as I sing along, because it seems more like existentialism, which emphasizes the free and responsible individual who is determining their own development in the face of the disorientation and confusion of an apparently absurd world, rather than evangelism/preaching (which in my opinion it is not).

    That’s just what I get out of them anyway, and you might get something different from them, but for me it’s about the critical personal pursuit of the purpose/meaning of life…dealing with one’s happiness/unhappiness…and hopefully finding the joy in your beliefs to push through it all.

    In my opinion, their name deserves to be mentioned alongside figures like John Lennon and Leo Tolstoy. They’re that good on so many levels — musically and intellectually. They entertain me. They inspire me to create. They make me think. A+++

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  2. DILinator says:
    35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “My name’s Blurryface, and I care what you think…”, May 19, 2015
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    DILinator (Lansing, Michigan USA) –

    This review is from: Blurryface (MP3 Music)

    One of the bigger breakout sensations of the past few years from the indie band circuit, Twenty One Pilots (or TOP, as I will frequently refer to them from here on) are also an increasingly polarizing band, as a perusal of the early reviews for their second studio album Blurryface will verify. While their first studio album, Vessel, was hailed as a revolutionary breakout work by many, or at least a very strong opening salvo by an undeniably talented band, it seems there has begun to form a bit of a canyon of thought regarding this, their latest album. While some see Blurryface as a continuance of growth and maturity from Vessel, others see it as a step back, a disappointment compared to what they showed they were capable of in their previous albums (they have two very popular self-released albums that preceed Vessel: a self titled album, and the now unavailable Regional at Best.) So, where does the truth about Blurryface lie? Honestly, I think it’s a matter of subjectivity, and personal preference. As lead singer/songwriter/piano player/scaffolding climber Tyler Joseph sings on the track titled Message Man, “These lyrics aren’t for everyone, only few understand.” This “understanding” he speaks of isn’t an intellectual one, but rather something more innate and unexplainable. Either you listen to TOP’s music, and connect with it on a deeper level than just the sonic or lyrical quality, or don’t. That connection may not happen all at once, but give this dynamic duo from Ohio a little time, and you may just find their music burrowing itself into your inner psyche, and building itself a home!

    As you may have guessed from my 5-Star rating, I definitely fall into the category of those deeply affected by the music of twenty one pilots (as it’s typically stylized by the band, and their ardent following, the “Skeleton Clique”), and also feel like Blurryface is another excellent addition into their already sizable discography! This wasn’t always the case, however, as I was one that they needed to grow on a bit before fully connecting to their unusual brand of off-kilter song structure and frenetic genre-hopping. Once the lyrical depth really hit me, which actually happened while listening to a song from their self-titled album titled “Addict With a Pen”, I fell hard and fast for TOP, and have been trying to “share the love” with as many family and friends as I can ever since! I always tell people to get them a little time, and more than one listen, as they are not like much of anything else out there on the radio waves today. But I do believe there are rewards to be reaped from their music, and not just getting to groove to some awesome beats, and catchy (if occasionally a bit cheesy) lyrics!

    Blurryface has been getting slowly doled out for over two months now, with the first “Single” Fairly Local being released on St. Patty’s Day back in March. That was followed by Tear in My Heart, which just cracked the Top 10 on the latest edition of Mediabase’s official alternative airplay chart, as it continues to climb the charts. Stressed Out, Lane Boy, and Ride all were released in advance of the album, in three consecutive weeks leading up to today, the album’s official release date (though it actually ended up coming out yesterday.) Stressed Out, in particular, has seen a lot of success, and is currently still climbing the Billboard Hot 100! More on each of these Singles in the track by track to follow. Now that’s it’s completely released, and can be judged as a whole, how does it stack up? Whether you fall into the camp of this being a great album, or just an okay or good album, will probably hinge somewhat on how you feel about artists mixing it up, and deviating from their signature sound. For instance, Imagine Dragons created a similar rift of opinion with their release of Smoke + Mirrors earlier this year, which featured almost as many different kinds of songs as it had tracks, and most of them weren’t like what made them popular in their first studio album Night Visions. TOP’s second album follows that same pattern, and if you consider that deviation, or experimentation in different genres a “bad” thing, Blurryface will probably lose some stars in your book. I, however, love seeing an artist do this, assuming they can do it well, and I feel like both Imagine Dragons earlier this year, and now twenty one pilots, have done it quite well!

    I’m going to do a brief track by track overview, so if you already feel your patience with this review wearing thin, just skip down to the final paragraph to get my final verdict on this album!

    1. Heavydirtysoul – TOP is known for bringing it on their album opening tracks, and this one is certainly no exception! Right off the bat, you get some distorted sound effect, and then drummer Josh Dun lets loose on the drums, and Tyler Joseph starts rapping so fast…

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  3. Craig Hodges says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    and I love reading people’s different interpretations of them, May 21, 2015
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    (Not Craig, I am his daughter. I use his account.)
    I have struggled with bipolar depression and cyclothymia since my freshman year of high school (I am now a sophomore in college). Nothing that I have been put through has helped more than their music. I had no doubts about this album, and they proved themselves yet again. The lyrics are art, and I love reading people’s different interpretations of them. In one line he states that there are some tracks on this record that feel common. The beats of some definitely sound like they could be on the radio, but the poetry is what sets them apart. Honestly, I love that they’re still fairly small because it adds the personal bond and I feel like they’re my friends. I highly recommend this album, and this band as a whole.

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