The concept behind the album is great; it tells the story of a world that is similar to ours and uses it to make comments on our society. Tracks like “Neon Gravestones” talk about how suicide is extremely glorified in our culture and overall the intended messages are very interesting. It sounds great on paper, but the delivery completely failed. Lyrically, there’s nothing special here and the singing is trash even with the autotune. Most of the beats are hard to tolerate. In fact, just listening through this album felt like work. I needed multiple breaks just so I could function the rest of the day. Shockingly, reviews for this album online are positive, but the fanbase of Twenty One Pilots is made up of the same people who listen to LINKIN PARK, so that doesn’t mean much (full transparency, I listen to LINKIN PARK). The music isn’t good, but the teenage angst delivered through their vocals makes your parents’ divorce easier to swallow. Die-hard fans may like this album, but when your head is shoved so far up the rear end of your favorite artist it’s hard to see the true quality of their work.
In delivering bars like he’s just been called on to read in front of the class, Lil Yachty’s latest release brings nothing to the table. All the beats are skeletal, and that wouldn’t be a problem if the lyrics were good to compensate. If you didn’t already like Lil Yachty, this album won’t change your opinion; if you do like Lil Yachty you might not even like this album. It feels like his whole personality has been stripped from this album and we’ve been left with this half-baked project with one good song (“Yacht Club”) where the feature overpowers the artist.
The latest album from disturbed, Evolution, has a very fitting title. While the title refers to the evolution of oneself, it’s also an evolution of sound for the band. Last year Disturbed got a lot of mainstream attention for their “Sound Of Silence Cover” which was a hard rock ballad, and a good amount of tracks on this album replicate that sound. Disturbed is a metal band at its core, but the acoustic tracks and ballads fit the album very well and open the album up to people who don’t even like metal. Evolution has a lot of social commentaries, but also tracks that discuss topics like overcoming addiction and grief. Every song on this album was really well put together and enjoyable to listen to. Even though they are experimenting with a new sound and style, they still don’t lose their identity. All of the metal songs on this album are fantastic and loud, and the ballads and acoustic tracks do a great job of showing David Draiman’s amazing voice.