Hello again readers. If you know me then you know I have done a few post on the band Twenty One Pilots a really awesome band on the rise to awesomeness. I wrote a review of their first commercial release Vessels last year in honor of their two year anniversary as well as wrote about them in my favorite Fueled By Raman bands. (Both which I will link) Now I am back to do a review on their softmore commercial album Blurryface.
Now the reason I say that I say that these are their commercial albums is because they actually had two albums out before signing to Fueled By Raman (one without Josh and one with the latter of the two is better in my option). Anyway for this review I will be reviewing this album in full all the tracks + music videos and how I like them as well as my favorite ones. I will also put any cool things they have done since Blurryface came out as well as any good live performances they have had. Ok let’s get started:
Heavydirtysoul: The first song on the album and my favorite of the whole album. Originally taken from a video they upload called Street Poetry where Tyler raps the first part of this song on the streets. It’s got this really cool funky beat and for some reason when I listen to this song I think of a hippie. Favorite lyrics: “this is not rap this is not hiphop just another attempt to make the voices stop” “gangsters don’t cry there for I’m mister misty eyed there for I’m, can you save my heavydirtysoul” “death inspires me like a dog inspires a rabbit” ???
Stressed Out: Another favorite song as it has so much relevance in my life today. It talks about basically being an adult and having to navigate the world which can be stressful. My favorite lines in the song go: “We used to play pretend give each other different names we would build a rocket ship then we’d fly it far away used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face saying “wake up you need to make money yea” wish we could turn back time to the good old days when our mamma’s sang us to sleep but now where stressed out” Also the video is adorable. Tyler and Josh come on screen in giant kid tricycles and at one point in the video sit on a curb and drink cupri sun pouch juice oh and get this they even have an awesome best friend hand shake that we all wanna learn. Plus Tyler put all the clique symbols on the straps of this red back pack that actually is being sold as merch and both Tyler and Josh’s family is in the video too cute.
Ride: This is where the reggae in the beat really comes out on this album. It’s about taking your own journey in this world and for you to take your time on it. “Oh I’m falling so I’m taking my time on my ride” “I’ve been thinking too much help me” The video is really cute too as we get to see Tyler on base for the first time and him and Josh putting sunglasses on each other.
Fairly Local: The first song to officially come out as a single for this album. Now at first people thought just by the style of this video and the sound of this song that Tyler and Josh were going in a more commercial sounding lane then before. This song does have more of a today sounding hiphop beat to it at times but still has those great Twenty One Pilots lyrics we love and showed that their music is super diverse. My favorite lyrics are: “Yo, this song will never be on the radio Even if my clique where to pick and people where to vote It’s the few the proud the emotional Yo, you, bulletproof and black like a funeral The world around us is burning but where so cold we’re the few, the proud, the emotional.” These lyrics are so great they basically are saying that the clique understands their music and even if they never end up on the radio (which they have) or get win awards that it doesn’t matter because they always have us the few, the proud, the emotional!
Tear In My Heart: The happiest song of the whole album. Now this song is about Jenna Tyler’s wife that he last year got married to and pretty much the savior of his life. As a clique member anybody who is able to make Tyler Joseph happy at all wither his family, Josh, the clique or now Jenna are really amazing people. And boy does this man love his wife as he dedicated this whole song to her in his own Twenty One Pilots way and it’s so nice to see him singing about happy things in this song for once. “The songs on the radio ok, but my taste in music is your face” This is also the most poppy song on the album and gets some radio play as their mainstream single. Plus the video is in Asia somewhere and it’s just Tyler on piano and Josh on drums and Jenna gets a cameo and it’s just great.
Tear in My Heart:
Lane Boy: Another important song for them as it describes them as a band and their ever changing style and how they are able to put so many different things into this band that there is no lane for them. “They say stay in your lane boy but we go where we want to” Also: “Regardless, all these songs I’m hearing are so heartless Don’t trust a perfect person and don’t trust a song that’s flawless” meaning lots of songs on the radio are not heartfelt but they try to sound perfect all the time. Plus check out Josh’s drum solo at the end it’s so good.
The Judge: Not going to lie this song is my least favorite song on the whole album. It feels like a song left over from Vessels and is kind of not up to speed with the rest of the album. Now I do like and appreciate this song it’s just not completely my cup of tea.
Doubt: This song is about religion or spirituality as Tyler is talking to a higher power most likely God. Tyler is a very spiritual person with his Christen faith but defiantly in a non-preachy way. He is saying you are all I’ve got against the dark part of my thoughts so even though I might not always believe you I still need you. “Don’t forget about me even when I doubt you I’m not good without you” “Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts, no, You are all that I’ve got” “Don’t forget about me no” Also this has a kick ass beat just makes me want to bob my head.
Polarize: It’s an actually a really fun song with the message that no need to hide your problems your friends have problems too. “Help me polarize help me down those stairs is where I be hiding all my problems, help me polarize help me out my friends and I we got a lot of problems” “We’ve problems”
We Don’t Believe What’s On TV: This song might be another ode to either the clique, Josh, Jenna or his family. Someone in that group or all of us are helping to keep Tyler alive everyday through all the darkness in his mind. “I don’t care what’s in your hair I just wanna know whats on your mind, I used to say I wanna die before I’m old but because of you might think twice.”
We Don’t Care:
Message Man: This song is very catchy in that it has a really catchy beat kind of a reggae like beat with very meaningful lyrics like “Please use distraction when your messing with the message man; these lyrics aren’t for everyone only if you understand.” which is something us as the clique take very seriously as these lyrics might not mean anything to the average listener or fan but it means a lot to us as we understand a lot of what Tyler is trying to convey.
Hometown: A song about Ohio. “Where we’re from, there’s no sun, our hometowns in the dark” Great song!
Not Today: This song defiantly helps me when I’m felling kind of depressed to feel better. It starts off a little depressing telling you “I don’t know why, I just feel I’m better off, Staying in the same room I was born in, I look outside see a whole world better off without me in it trying to transform it. Then it says “you are out of my mind, you aren’t seeing my side, You waste all this time trying to get to me but you are out of my mind” and by the time the chorus comes on it telling you to take the curtains down open the windows and make a sound. It’s actually a really uplifting song that tells you to not listen to the voices in your head and to tell them not today and to go out and enjoy life.
Goner: Now this song is the last on the album and was the first (technically) t0 be released by video a few years ago. It’s a great song to end such a dynamic album like this as this is Tyler at his most vanorable and it really shows how much he is hurt by Blurryface. In the song he even says “I’ve got two faces Blurry’s the one I’m not I need your help to take him out” which I feel is cry out to his fans or the clique as we call ourselves to help him defeat what Blurryface has done to him by listening to their music and supporting them. Beautiful way to end an album.
Till Next Time…Stay Alive |-/