Album Review: Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface,' Still a Blend of Genres

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"Vessel," the last album by Twenty One Pilots was the bands first official release with record label, Fueled by Ramen.

It launched them into them into the music world with their first radio hit, "Holding On To You," and award nominations.

The bands new album, "Blurryface," is the same blend of genres that lead fans to name Schizoid Pop.

The duo, consisting of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, announced 'Blurryface' in March with single "Fairly Local." Fans that pre-ordered the album were allowed access to the songs "Lane Boy" and "Ride." Songs "Stressed Out," which dons the album name in the lyrics, and "Tear My Heart" were released as singles as well.

The band's writing style has not changed in the two years since "Vessel." The lyrics are blunt and honest, tackling things that are easy to relate with but still personal to the duo.

"Lane Boy," is like the bands refusal to pick just one genre. Even with in the song, which starts very reggie and evolves into EDM.

"Heavydirtysoul" starts the album off with the statement that they are not trying to be a part of the hip hop scene. The song starts off with a fast drum beat verse and transitions to piano, drum chorus.

"Stressed Out" is that song that portrays those thoughts in your head.

The ones where you criticize yourself, sometimes even about things you're good at. The song is the nostalgia of youth, back when you didn't care as much what people thought of you.

We're all going to die and there is nothing that will change that so enjoy the "Ride." Heavily influenced by reggie, the song is deceptively soothing with bouts of energy. Mainly when Joseph sings the acceptance of enjoying the ride.

The ukulele is finally brought out in 'The Judge,' the most overtly religious song.

The synthesizer is strong in "Doubt," "Polarize," and "We Don't Believe What's on TV." "We Don't Believe What's on TV," touches on a dislike for the beauty over brains situations shown in media.

"Goner," gently plays the listener out with piano as the main instrument in the song. After relaxing the listener the duo kick it up several notches and harnesses a desperation of wanting to be noticed by one person.

It bring the whole album around with the concept of blurry face again, tying the album up.

The album sounds like a continuation of "Vessel" which might not be bad for fans. It's difficult to set differences when every song is pulling from different genres of music. It's still a good album. The duo poured their hearts into each song.

Joseph vocals blended nicely with each song, getting higher and lower in pitch depending on the music build up. Dun's drumming is the same way and would have to be as it's the most used instrument of the album, besides the synthesizer.

It's worth checking out on Spotify. Hopefully, it will keep the boys in the spotlight that "Vessel" brought them to.