Post Malone’s Three-peat

The Grammy nominee artist continues to bust out hit after hit with his newest album, Hollywood’s Bleeding.

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Post Malone’s Three-peat

Post Malone shows up at The American Music Awards (AMAs) 2018

Post Malone shows up at The American Music Awards (AMAs) 2018

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Post Malone shows up at The American Music Awards (AMAs) 2018

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

Post Malone shows up at The American Music Awards (AMAs) 2018

 

It’s been a year and a half since his last album, but Post Malone finally released his third LP and it was worth the wait.

 

Hollywood’s Bleeding is stocked full of tasteful songs and experimental styles that show every second Malone spent in the studio paid off. This album is amazing to listen to for the first time. However, after a week since it’s release, I’ve listened to it more and more, and it’s starting to get hard to put down.

 

Tracklist:

 

Hollywood’s Bleeding

Saint-Tropez

Enemies (feat. DaBaby)

Allergic

A Thousand Bad Times

Circles

Die For Me (feat. Future & Halsey)

On The Road (feat. Meek Mill & Lil Baby)

Take What You Want (feat. Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott)

I’m Gonna Be

Staring At The Sun (feat. SZA)

Sunflower (feat. Swae Lee)

Internet

Goodbyes (feat. Young Thug)

Myself

I Know

Wow.

 

Hollywood’s Bleeding album cover

 

Let’s talk about this album cover. Malone returns to a melancholic view, similar to his face shot on his first album Stoney. In the corners, we can see some swords, and in one there is a skeleton, withered and dusty. Already, this is setting a pretty theatrical grand gesture. Like Malone is set in some Shakespearean stage. This plays along with the album’s theme, a criticism on Hollywood culture, and the ideals of the people who rule it. Nice artistic touch Malone, we see what you’re doing here.

 

 

 

 

Highlights:

 

Hollywood’s Bleeding

In what I’d like to call the album’s Intro (though it does function standalone) the titular song talks about how Hollywood feels like a hive of vampires, constantly drawing on you. Malone reaches out to make real relationships in the lyrics of this song, after finally moving out of LA to live in Utah. This is one of the best album introductions I feel I’ve heard in recent years, and that includes last year’s Goodbye & Good Riddance by Juice WRLD, which was praised for its use of narrative throughout the album. It was my favorite part of my first listen. The structure of the song feels like one giant crescendo, preparing you for the journey ahead. 

 

Allergic

Following on to the next song, Malone brings us something special. This ‘doo-woppy’ song is something we haven’t heard from Malone, but it certainly comes as he owns this style. Soft vocals and with hard cut-ins gives off to me some serious Harry Styles vibes, and I’m not sure if that’s where he got his inspiration from, but it paid off.

 

Circles

Being one of the four singles on this album, Circles got a bit of coverage before the album’s release, and it was a nice taste for what was to come. This upbeat unique song portrays to me the tonal shift that Malone has taken since his last album. Malone has always been one to say he doesn’t have a style of music, and that he likes to do a little bit of everything, but his previous songs felt more rock-influenced, while these new songs feel much more indie-based.

 

Myself

Remember Charlie Puth? Listen to this song and tell me you don’t think of him. This track just makes you want to grab ahold of somebody and dance to the beat. Try it, seriously. This unique beat is just one of so many things on this album that I am so happy to hear from Malone. He is just trying out everything.

 

Goodbyes (feat. Young Thug)

This is the third single on the album. For some reason, I just love this song.  I’m a sucker for timing in songs, and I notice well-placed beat drops, reverbs, and echoes. This song is full of those. It’s a pleasing song to hear, makes you think of better times, and along with the message of the song, having to say goodbye to those past times.

 

Take What You Want (feat. Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott)

Wait, did I read that right? Ozzy Osbourne? Yes, the Prince of Darkness himself reached out to Malone to collaborate on this song, and it came out amazing. As it that wasn’t enough, throw in a little Travis Scott, who was the hot man last year, and you’ve got magic. The only one who could glue these two oil-and-water talents together has to be Malone. This is got to be hands down the best song on the album. So much talent went into this Track. And come on, how can you not just adore that shredding guitar solo?

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Ozzy Osbourne (left), Post Malone (mid), and Travis Scott (right) come together on Take What You Want.

 

 

Post Malone has never been a transcendent lyricist, yet where he shines is in his beat production and vocal prowess. This album exemplifies that thought. Many of the songs continue the same tropes in modern hip hop, like ‘the flex.’ But the songs are a pleasure to listen to. This had been a consistent trend with his past two albums, and if anything, he has only improved.

So while not every song on this album is something brand new, Malone experimented majorly relative to last year. And I found that all the songs in which Malone did try some new unique beat or style, were my favorites. This album is must listen. The album is about change, through style, demeanor, and lyrics. Malone has changed and judging from what I see so far, we should be stoked for what’s to come from this jack of all trades artist.