Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots


5.0
classic

Review

by DropTune USER (65 Reviews)
April 11th, 2018 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Curiouser and curiouser, the Twenty One Pilots descend into the spiral in their first outing.

Twenty One Pilots took the world by storm in 2015. Since then, they’ve been a premiere act worldwide. From humble beginnings, the Pilots garnered a cult following with hits like ‘Car Radio’ showcasing their intrapersonal and nonchalant writing style. Of course, fame works both ways. For every well-written album there’s 10,000 more fans arguing with listeners on Twitter about how overly complex each song is and how everyone aside from them is too dumb to understand it. Fans like those above give Twenty One Pilots a shaky reputation, but before the days of ‘Heathens’ and ‘heavydirtysoul,’ there was Twenty One Pilots.

Perhaps the most overlooked record in their discography, their debut record is among their best. Boasting 14 tracks at a little more than an hour, the self-titled album is a barebones journey into the rawest representation of the act. The songs strip the band down to mere people examining their beliefs, motives, and mindset. Twenty One Pilots shows listeners who they are as people, their flaws, and their sacrifices. The album isn’t trying to be pretentious or self-important, rather, it simply tells you exactly who the Twenty One Pilots are.

Arguably their darkest album, Twenty One Pilots focuses on melodic atmospheres and hooks to juxtapose their contemplative lyrics. Ranging from religion to regret, Twenty One Pilots takes its listeners on a downward spiral. ‘Implicit Demand for Proof’ kick starts the album with a melodic piano piece that pleads for God to reveal himself. The seemingly sweet atmosphere bounces around each key in a curious fashion as Joseph sings, “I mean no disrespect -- I am simply very perplexed by your ways. Why would you let us use your name"” The Pilots wandering mind paints a dark hallway with a candle to light your way. Each song is a door into the psyche of the group in different phases.

“Hello, we haven’t talked in quite some time. I know I haven’t been the best of sons,” is the broken prayer from ‘Addict with a Pen.’ Joseph is learning to pray again and acknowledges his indiscretions. He is in a spiritual desert yearning for water from God and humbly asks to be saved once more. ‘Addict…’ represents the raw emotion the album capsules. The repeated piano riff chips away at the soul and lets a battered Tyler Joseph cry to the Heavens as a little less than a man. Towards the end of the album, ‘Taxi Cab’ speeds into the equation. The jazzy piano and smooth drums ring in the background as Joseph cuts deep in one of the records lyrical masterpieces. “Then there were three men up front. All I saw were backs of heads; and then I asked, "Am I alive and well or am I dreaming dead"" And then one turned around to say, "We're driving toward the morning, son, where all your blood is washed away and all you did will be undone," drives the song home in one of the Pilot’s most intriguing tracks.

Twenty One Pilots is a well-versed daytrip through the groups capabilities. Through an eroded lens, we examine the trials and failures of the members, their fears, and their dreams. We meet the group as people in an open letter to the audience. The Pilots are honest, feeble, and strong in their first outing. Each track is another piece to the puzzle into the endless puzzle of the Pilots mythos. Twenty One Pilots is one of the most original modern records. The delivery is exceptional and the concept is unique. Deep and contemplative lyrics, nonlinear narratives, and inquisitive atmospheres dance around a wandering mind. Through 14 tracks and a hair over 63 minutes, we learn why God died, not to trust the pantaloons, and what it’s like driving in the back of a taxi cab. What more can you ask for"

Standout Tracks
Fall Away
Taxi Cab
A Car, a Torch, a Death
Addict with a Pen
Isle of Flightless Birds
Friend, Please
Before You Start Your Day
[The entire album honestly]



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Comments:Add a Comment 
CharacterMusings
April 11th 2018


155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great Review! This is easily one of my favorite albums ever.

DropTune
April 11th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is my favorite album from the group. Although they've had some decent outings, I don't think any of their work has fully matched the power and intricacy this album contains.

alienobserver
April 11th 2018


4495 Comments


this band is lol but i come back to a car a torch a death every once in a while

DropTune
April 11th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

They're of the more misinterpreted acts nowadays. Their god-awful fanbase ruins any credibility they have. They think that being a caricature is a good thing.

TheSpaceMan
April 11th 2018


11917 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

woat

Drifter
April 11th 2018


15392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"They're of the more misinterpreted acts nowadays. Their god-awful fanbase ruins any credibility they have"



Bad is lol lol

DropTune
April 11th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Depends on preference. At least they can write a song.

SteakByrnes
April 11th 2018


14572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oof

Drifter
April 11th 2018


15392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stop reviewing albums with a different score than you have rated smhh

theNateman
April 11th 2018


3618 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I read an interview where Tyler talks about how uncomfortable he is with how big the band has gotten and he said their next album is gonna be a lot more like this

Digging: Karen O and Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

DropTune
April 12th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

In my defense, Drifter, I accidentally clicked 4 and am too lazy to change it. Also, I won't believe it until I hear it. A lot of bands discuss how they are uncomfortable with fame and churn out the exact same thing they have been instead of returning to their roots.

TheSpaceMan
April 12th 2018


11917 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@drifter I do that all the time

deathschool
April 12th 2018


23919 Comments


Shit band, always

DropTune
April 13th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Sorry you feel that way Death. You should give 'em a shot one day. This album especially is the rawest form of the group. I think you may enjoy the depth and tone of the record.

SteakByrnes
April 13th 2018


14572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Shit band, always [2]

Casavir
April 13th 2018


3355 Comments


Shit band, always [3]

DropTune
April 14th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

What makes them terrible?

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2018


15169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band has weirdly positive reviews on this site

DropTune
June 17th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

They have their moments. This album was at their most creative and I think it's worth praise. They're consistent and thought provoking enough to get their fair share of ratings. I'm surprised this broke over 2,000 views.

tyman128
June 17th 2018


1294 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Although I enjoy their newer stuff, I agree that this is their most creative by far. Not saying their new stuff is lacking, but this one is a step ahead of the more recent albums.



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