Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots
As mentioned on a recently recorded podcast I discovered the new Twenty One Pilots album Blurryface right before we went on our trip in August. I first heard them on the Suicide Squad soundtrack with “Heathens”, which was simply phenomenal. Then I found their most recent album and have fallen in love. There is something about the various songs that just speak to me on some level that you just don’t find in all songs. There is an interesting honesty that seems to permeate through the songs as well as a level of simplicity. The songs are not about being grandiose or about being awesome, but seem to be more grounded.
One thing that is neat about Twenty One Pilots is that it is literally two guys doing everything. It is amazing the depth that the songs that they play seem to have with just the two of them. Some of the songs honestly sound like there is at least a third person singing. For a while I thought that the song “Heathens” had another singer involved. It is so interesting the performance that they seem to put on.
The whole concept behind Blurryface is that it is a persona that the lead singer created that embodied his own insecurity. It really is amazing how someone can get up on stage and put out something that they created. A lot of singers just put together a song that will get played and make money, but there are times where an artist seems to pour their heart and soul into their work. I think when that happens you gets albums such as this one.
The chorus on this song has such a great rhythm and lyrics. It just makes me think of those times that we are lost and not sure of what we are really doing. “Can you save my, can you save my, can you save my heavy dirty soul.”
This might be my favorite song on the whole album. This song really calls out some of the grand exclamations that one might make when there is nothing to actually back it up. One part of it talks about how we say we’d take a bullet for someone, but there are not actually any bullets coming through. Metaphorically we can say we would do something, but really until the situation actually comes up we don’t know.