Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots


4.5
superb

Review

by Tyler White STAFF
September 25th, 2018 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: twenty one pilots' debut manages to remain their most emotional, powerful, and best album yet

twenty one pilots; a band characterized by their popularity on pop radio and an, at times, annoying fan base – scratch that – “clique.” However, before the band was overridden with skeleton clique members claiming that the music was only precious to them because of their supernatural ability to dive deep into the mind of Tyler Joseph himself, the band came from very humble beginnings; a small band from Columbus, Ohio. Before the popularity boom of Vessels and Blurryface, even before Josh Dun was thought of being the drummer of the band, there was twenty one pilots. twenty one pilot’s debut showed maturity beyond all else, shining light upon troubling topics through contemplative lyrics laid on top of beats merging pop, alternative, and rock.

Composing some of the bands most powerful songs, the band’s creativity is at peak, mixing elements of alternative with hints of piano, electronics, and bass. From the opening piano in “Implicit Demand for Proof” to the closing atmospheric electronics of “Isle of Flightless Birds,” twenty one pilots show off their ability to masterfully create songs with both great hooks, catchiness, as well as adding a twist of their own to the mix. Throughout the duration of the album, the ever-present appearance of the keys creates an almost classical, laid back feeling, even amidst the chaos represented at times throughout the album. With the piano as the basis, electronics flood the scene, providing melodic synths, stimulating both the pop and alternative side of the album. Floating on both highs and lows, the electronics constantly change the mood of the album, fluctuating between bright and happy in “Johnny Boy” to dark and gloomy in “Friend, Please.” Accompanying such are fluid drum beats that guide each song through the depths of their instrumentation. Never straying too far from simplicity, the grooves often provide a basis for [i]twenty one pilots[i]’ pace in each of its individual assets. Sweeping through the rock-like pounds of “Air Catcher” to the piano and orchestra-driven “Before You Start Your Day,” the band’s musicianship shows a diversity that slowly diminished later on in future releases.

Despite the multiple tonalities found within, there remains one constant; Tyler Joseph’s songwriting. Whether rapping or singing, Tyler tackles troubling topics revolving around depression, loneliness, and spirituality. From verbalizing the admittance of hiding behind a fake face of being fine in “Fall Away” to expressing the blatantly obvious reference to God and driving into forgiveness in “Taxi Cab,” twenty one pilots express a great deal of honesty on their debut, delving into their own hearts, minds, and souls and pouring them out into the songs, much like the album cover itself depicts.

Combining each individual facet into one, twenty one pilot’s debut still remains their rawest, most emotionally driven release to this date. Yes, their sound become much more refined later on with higher production values, but the organic feel behind the music really emphasizes the humble beginnings the band was built upon. Despite the acclaim for their future records, what we have here is by far their best album, driven by pure emotion and dedication, resulting in the band’s magnum opus, filled with dark lyrics accompanied with a somewhat surprisingly encouraging undertone. Sometimes returning to the past provides healing for the future.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tyman128
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2018


4539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I want to give a shout out to letsgofishing for the inspiration for doing this. I'll be trying to keep up and post a review of each twenty one pilots album in order until the release of Trench (much like what fishing is doing with mewithoutYou right now). Anyway, hope this series goes well, and I hope you enjoy the reviews.

Side Note: My favorites from the album are Air Catcher, Trapdoor, and Before You Start Your Day.

DropTune
September 25th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Nice review. Take a pos. Try including your picks in the review sort of like how I do mine. That way the reader can take a jump start into the album with a few songs in mind. You don't have to do that, but it's better than leaving them in the comments.

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2018


4539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

noted, thanks for the feedback and the pos man!

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2018


4052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually think I prefer if that kinda thing is left for the comments, find it jarring / takes me out of the piece otherwise (in general, though, I'm not one to seek out the reviewer's faves unless one or two are explicitly mentioned as highlights within the piece itself, and not at the conclusion of the review). Nice review, though -- a lot of your semicolons should probably be colons, but that's neither here nor there.

Drifter
September 25th 2018


20880 Comments


Hey drop tune how about you let him review the way he wants to review and not tell him to do what you do

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2018


4539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks Blush!

I’ve always seemed to have a bit of a tough time figuring out whether to put a colon or not... or I just hit the wrong thing haha

theamazingjamez
September 25th 2018


40 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Nice review bro. This is without a doubt their best work...I'm always reminding myself to write my own ode to this album.



Your writing is good, but I want to call attention to the fact that the majority of your sentences begin with an -ing dependent clause. You use it well, but the lack of variety prevents me from becoming as engrossed in this piece as I would like to be, because you have good things to say. Make sure you read a lot of writing yourself to help develop your style.



I'm sure you, as myself, are looking forward to their upcoming record.

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2018


4539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome, thanks for the feedback. I’ll dedinitely start looking into reading over my reviews and finding ways to get rid of those -info dependent clauses.

And yes, I’ve been looking forward to Trench for a long time now

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2018


4539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just noticed my review rating and previous rating were different. Shows how much this album has grown on me

DropTune
September 25th 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

>Hey drop tune how about you let him review the way he wants to review and not tell him to do what you do



Agreed. It's all about style. His review is good regardless.

Bilbodabag
May 21st 2021


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dang this dropped to a 3.8? I remember the good ole days when this had a 4 average rip

Bilbodabag
May 21st 2021


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album still rules all these years later. Jury is still out on the new album though

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2021


18907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this has a song called The Pantaloon

Bilbodabag
May 21st 2021


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a banger



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