14 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blurryface is an apt title for a duo whose musical identity is tricky to make out. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have been scuffing the lines between rock, hip-hop and electro since 2011, and now they’ve added reggae, dubstep and folk-rock stomps to the mix. What gives the sonic zig-zagging focus is Joseph’s candour–whether he’s consumed by love (“Tear In My Heart”) or wrestling with which direction to take his songwriting (“Lane Boy”), listening to him unpick his troubles is consistently compelling.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Blurryface is an apt title for a duo whose musical identity is tricky to make out. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have been scuffing the lines between rock, hip-hop and electro since 2011, and now they’ve added reggae, dubstep and folk-rock stomps to the mix. What gives the sonic zig-zagging focus is Joseph’s candour–whether he’s consumed by love (“Tear In My Heart”) or wrestling with which direction to take his songwriting (“Lane Boy”), listening to him unpick his troubles is consistently compelling.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13.3K Ratings
13.3K Ratings
TØPCŁIQUE

The songs on the radio are okay, but... |-/

Each of these songs are expertly crafted by two individuals WHO BELIEVE AND LOVE THE THINGS THEY DO. The things they do, they do best. They craft music that makes people think. Tyler and Josh realize their potential to affect lives. On “Vessel", Tyler let his mask fall, showing he's human. His message was to anyone listening, to anyone that's struggling. We were introduced to this album, “Blurryface", with the hype track “Fairly Local". This track reminded us of the bands familiarity with our past struggles addressed in their album “Vessel”. “Tear In My Heart” told us something new, it told us to be happy! Tyler has said in interviews "I don't want to be listened to, I want to be heard". Let us hear what is being said on “Blurryface". If you’r already a fan, you know something important is being said. If you’r new to Twenty One Pilots, take note… Something important is being said.

coolbrees09

this is pure perfection

my ears have never been graced by something so beautiful

Byucougarsrule

Noughp

You should buy this album because it's frickin SICK

About twenty one pilots

twenty one pilots' cathartic, kitchen-sink style—which folds in alt-rock, reggae, electronic music, and rap—is one of the most unique, unclassifiable commercial sounds of the 2010s. Formed by friends Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas, and Chris Salih in Columbus, Ohio, the band took its name from Arthur Miller's play All My Sons, in which a contractor knowingly sends off faulty airplane parts to Europe during World War II, resulting in the death of 21 pilots. The band self-released two albums before making the leap to a subsidiary of Warner Music Group in 2012, shuffling ranks along the way before settling on singer-songwriter Joseph and drummer Josh Dun as its core members. As a duo, they delved further into the idiosyncrasies of their sound—characterized by a minimal blend of keyboards, driving drums, and playful, self-probing lyrics—winning a Grammy in 2017 for their single “Stressed Out.” In 2018, they released the heavily anticipated Trench.

A practicing Christian, Joseph credits his faith—and the sustained internal dialogue that comes with it—as a source of inspiration, using his art as a platform to wrestle directly with his demons. Touring behind 2015’s Blurryface, for example, he covered his neck and arms with black greasepaint on stage—a visualization of his insecurities. That honesty has earned the band a remarkably dedicated fanbase. “I never would have turned to music if I didn’t feel like I need to work on something or change or cope with something,” Joseph told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe in the weeks before releasing Trench. “I think that I was perfectly fine before music, and then something happened where I just felt, like, a buildup of some sort. And I didn’t know how to release that. I didn’t know how to decompress that and to have an outlet for it. And I was forced to learn how to play the piano.”

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