by Danielle Holian
“My name is Blurryface and I care what you think”
Twenty One Pilots are hard to categorize to one genre of music; their lyrics are deep and meaningful, they have rhythm styles alike to Macklemore, hard-rock energy, a mix of reggae beats, an odd ukulele ballad, the odd piano popish number, which all blends into an impressive alternative-rock sound.
Since their debut in 2009, the have slowly but surely captured listeners attention. Once they signed a record deal with Fueled By Ramen, Blurryface, the band’s fourth studio album, quickly hit the charts.
Blurryface is full of experimentation. ‘Heavydirtysoul’ kicks off the album on a fun and fast-paced note getting the listener ready for what’s yet to follow: “Can you save / Can you save my / Can you save my heavy dirty soul?”. Their lyrics range from bittersweet to honest, set to upbeat music. It’s a violation of social and moral boundaries. It crosses lines. And it needs to. Otherwise, who will?
Although mainstream music seems to come and then fade away, somehow the duo manage to stay fresh. It’s a consistent album. It’s up-to-date with the times. Its strength is in the album title. Tyler Joseph created a Blurryface character which is his disguise for his doubts and insecurities. ‘Stressed Out’ is the stand-out example: “I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink / But now I’m insecure and I care what people think”. This song showcases the harsh ending of youth: “Used to dream of outer space / But now they’re laughing at our face / Saying, ‘Wake up, you need to make money”.
But, it’s the quality of the tunes that prevent this ambitious project from falling flat on its face. There are tracks about love, ‘Tear In My Heart’ and heavy heartedness ‘Goner’. Each song has its own separate identity. It’s intelligent, yet breathtaking. It’s original and creative. Blurryface is something to uncover, that presents itself as a self-conscious character which struggles with anxiety, emotions, stress, and depression. It gives something more. Something that modern music is lacking.