Since their release of “Blurryface” in 2015, the duo’s music has become the epitome of alternative, “teenage angst” music popularized by mainstream media. Especially reflected in their most-streamed songs, “Stressed Out” and “Heathens,” most of their last album consisted of regularized pop music with repeated choruses, melodic tunes and hints of alternative-inspired rhythms. This unfortunately left fans who have followed the band for their alternative style since the release of their debut album in 2009 disappointed.
After “Blurryface,” Twenty One Pilots decided to take a year-long hiatus that left fans questioning their disappearance. It was not until July of this year that they dropped a simple clue on Twitter—a short clip of an eye-opening. This short clip signified the opening of a new era—the “Trench” era.
Beginning with a hard-hitting headbanger and concluding with a melancholy ballad, “Trench” is a wholesome album that marks a high point in the band’s career. Every element of this album was a hit: the band’s signature alternative sounds, R&B-laced verses, reggae-inspired rhythms and classic pop choruses.
“Jumpsuit,” their new album’s opener, resolidifies the band’s strict alternative roots. The song is not only musically complex with avant-garde sounds, but it has a lyrical impact that reveals a spectrum of both vulnerability and anger.
This transition in musical production provides a refreshing sense of individuality, which is many steps above the amount of fulfillment garnered from their previous album.