Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots


4.5
superb

Review

by Alex Getter USER (13 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While the intimate setting of their live show is missing, Twenty One Pilots make up for it with their strong songwriting.

The transition from the album version of a song to a live cut can sometimes be very strange. Jam bands such as Dave Matthews band and O.A.R have mastered the art of putting on a great live show, but in the process of recording an album the songs sometimes lose some of that magic that made them so special. Twenty One Pilots are a local Ohio band that is known for their energetic live shows where the energy is focused on dancing rather than moshing. While the intimate setting of a live show is obviously missing on the Twenty One Pilots self titled release, the strength of the songwriting will quickly have you forgetting.

For those who don't know, Twenty One Pilots are an up and coming Indie/Electronic trio from Columbus Ohio. The trio consists of Tyler Joseph (vocals, piano, and sampling), Chris Salih (drums), and Nick Thomas (bass). They play a style of electronic music where they trade in simple dance tracks for meaningful songs based around Tyler Josephs' manic lyrics and the grooving rhythm section. The first thing you will notice about the band is Tyler Josephs' unique style as a vocalist. He has a very emotional singing voice which he often mixes with a frantic rapping style. His lyrics often cover depression, faith, hope, and the meaning of life. While his lyrics border desperation, he balances all the gloom with glances of optimism. Every dark corner or moment of despair, there is a glimmer of hope somewhere.

"Implicit Proof Of Demand" starts the album off with a classical influenced piano intro that is covered by a soft string section. The song climaxes at about the minute and a half mark with the band coming in with a thunderous percussion section on top of a sample. The verses have Tyler speaking lines such as "Rain down/ and destroy me" over a lone piano. The song ends just how it started with a piano playing until the song fades. "Trap Door", "Before You Start Your Day", Oh Ms. Believer, and "March To The Sea" all follow the same formula of piano based verses with large emotional climaxes with great success.


Fan favorite "The Pantaloon" has the most optimistic tone of the album but the lyrical content says otherwise with lines such as "It's warmer in the morning/than what it is at night/Your bones are held together by your nightmares and your frights". However, the sing along chorus of "You are tired/You are hurt/A moth ate through your favorite shirt" will quickly distract you from the abstract nature of the lyrics. "Fall Away" contains a dark chorus with great rapped verses. "Taxi Cab" is a mostly piano based song that sticks out because of what is perhaps the best rapped verse on the entire album. "A Car, A Torch, A Death" remains very quiet until it explodes midway through the track,

"Addict With A Pen” and "Isle Of Flightless Birds" are the strongest tracks on the album and have the most in common of all the songs. "Addict With A Pen" starts as a lone piano song. The beats and samples come in to create an ambient like passage followed by a rapped verse. The sample and piano lead the rest of the song out with samples of Tyler singing are spliced up in the distance. "Isle Of Flightless Birds" ends the album perfectly with rhythm heavy verses and a large chorus. There are two rapped verses, the first being a somewhat silly sounding verse and the second being the second best on the album.

While not being particularly the most innovative album, Twenty One Pilots make up for it with their strong songwriting and messages conveyed through their music. Songs "Friend Please" and "Johnny Boy" serve as the weakest tracks on the album. Not because they are bad in anyway, but are overshadowed by how superb the other tracks are. Twenty One Pilots are a band that are coming out on their own, and I can't wait to see what lies in store for them.

Recommended Tracks:
Addict With A Pen
Taxi Cab
A Car, A Torch, A Death
Isle Of Flightles Birds



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Comments:Add a Comment 
gotsthedewsdood
August 3rd 2011


633 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think anyone here knows them?

OneMoreRoland
August 4th 2011


1053 Comments


I know them! But that might be because i live in the NKY/Ohio region. Good band! Good review!

gotsthedewsdood
August 4th 2011


633 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow that's awesome haha have you seen them live?

anicole412
August 4th 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love this band, so dont think youre the only ones .

TrstN01
November 20th 2011


800 Comments


I just saw their first headlining show at the Newport. It sold out. It was amazing. It was my 7th time seeing them. I LOVE THEM SOOOO MUCH! Sorry, freak out mode off now.

TrstN01
April 29th 2012


800 Comments


THEY JUST GOT SIGNED TO FUELED BY RAMEN!

VaxXi
March 5th 2015


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, it's interesting to see them go from this to what they are now. I wish they did some more exploration with this style of music, it's really nice.

Pangea
March 5th 2015


402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes agreed

Digging: Mew - -

Gameofmetal
March 5th 2015


5736 Comments


Car Radio is the only thing I've heard. Really cool song.

Digging: The Slow Death - Ark

VaxXi
March 5th 2015


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They have a lot of really good tracks on this album and their third one that are worth listening to. Their second album... not so much.

VaxXi
March 14th 2015


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Btw, according to a recent leak by Kingdom Leaks this group has a new album coming out later this year titled Blurryface. The official announcement and single (Titled: Fairly Local) will come out on the 17th. Below is the album cover.



http://kingdomleaks.net/uploads/gallery/category_2/gallery_11320_2_992.jpg

scottpilgrim10
March 15th 2015


4610 Comments


Is this pretty similar to Vessels or no

VaxXi
March 15th 2015


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is barely anything like vessels, far more emphasis on piano melodies/straight hip-hop along with Joseph singing for the majority of the tracks. I prefer it over Vessels if you can tell by my rating, I'd say give Taxi Cab a spin for a good idea of how this album sounds.

scottpilgrim10
March 15th 2015


4610 Comments


I hate Vessels, but Taxi Cab was actually kinda nice.

VaxXi
March 15th 2015


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this album is usually the way to go for those who hate how bloated or grating Vessels is. Rumors say that the duo is looking to make their new album's sound centered around the sound of this album so I'm deff. looking forward to it.

scottpilgrim10
March 15th 2015


4610 Comments


Sweet, I might check it out then when it comes out. And grating is a spot on description of Vessels.

VaxXi
March 15th 2015


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh, I never found Vessels too grating save for a few tracks *cough*semi-automaticfuckthatsong*cough* and consistently enjoyable for the most part. Of course, i can totally understand why some people would find it grating.

Pangea
March 15th 2015


402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Rumors say that the duo is looking to make their new album's sound centered around the sound of this album so I'm deff. looking forward to it."



It would be great if that's true





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