Michael Bracken

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06.05.21 Twenty One Pilots ranked10.17.20 Deftones ranked (w/ Ohms)
01.24.20 TDEP ranked

Twenty One Pilots ranked

A band everyone loves to hate or hates to love. Tell me where I'm wrong.
6Twenty One Pilots

A painful regression filled with some of their most obnoxious and overly self-conscious music. It's a shame that this will be remembered as their breakthrough, given that it's sandwiched between two obviously superior records. The songs I do like I have to enjoy despite myself.

Favorite tracks: Ride, The Judge, Not Today
5Twenty One Pilots
Regional At Best

Some of the best songs here were rerecorded and improved upon with Vessel, which hurts my perception, and the religious lyrical elements are a bit excessive and not as well-integrated as on the self-titled. Not a bad album, but a lacking follow-up to their debut.

Slowtown, Anathema, Lovely
4Twenty One Pilots
Scaled and Icy

Dunno what people were expecting from this. It's clearly a transitional album not meant to serve as a definitive artistic statement in the same vein as something like Trench. In that light, it's a fun but uneven summer pop record.

The Outside, Mulberry Street, Redecorate
3Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots

The strength of the songwriting and thematic density of the lyrics here floor me. Written and recorded when Tyler Joseph was, what, 20? An extremely impressive debut, even if it needs some minor editing.

The Pantaloon; A Car, A Torch, A Death; Isle of Flightless Birds
2Twenty One Pilots

Their most mature and fully realized work, packed with strong songwriting and rich production. I can see why this is the record that even disparagers seem to admit has some value.

Jumpsuit, The Hype, Leave the City
1Twenty One Pilots

I have nostalgia goggles on for sure, but this remains as vibrant and joyful as any pop album I've ever heard.

Ode to Sleep, Holding on to You, The Run and Go
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