Hollywood’s Bleeding

Review of Post Malone’s newest album

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Minding Your Health
December 12, 2019

You may or may not know Post Malone, but there’s no doubt you’ve probably heard him on mainstream radio millions of times. The American singer, songwriter and rapper has gained high acclamation for blending musical genres, including hip hop, pop, trap and rock, with his introspective songwriting and laconic vocal style. The rising pop star recently released his third album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” and there’s a lot to say.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, about Post Malone reads “career pop musician.” Although, despite his very intricate and unique style, that’s exactly what he has become. He emerges from Rolls Royce crashes unscathed and sells his own limited edition Crocs. If that doesn’t read 21st century rapper I don’t know what does. However, despite the plenty of valid reasons to demote his dominance, if you can step back from all of that, he may well just be one of the most ubiquitous artists at the moment. 

 I think the hardest thing to accept about his music is how unintentionally lazy the lyrics can be. Particularly, when he spends a solid amount of versus talking about the “Millie” on his wrist or the “50 carats” on his fists. However, “Hollywood’s Bleeding” has about 10 titanium grade hooks on it. The choruses are so immediate and much faster in contrast to his usually soupier singles. This said, Post Malone’s third album is definitely one of the catchiest albums of the year as well as one of the most complex. The album featured  big time collaborators: Future, SZA, DaBaby, Halsey, Meek Mill, Swae Lee, Young Thug, Travis Scott and Ozzy Osbourne. 

Many people have criticized Malone’s new album for his more spacey songs and sudden stylistic jolt in comparison to his older albums. However, Malone’s signature aesthetic gesture is the smear, complaisant way his voice molds neatly to whatever’s handed to him. His talent is rooted in the distressed way he deploys his voice faded at the edges. It’s very unique and definitely kicks in on my favorite and more upbeat singles on the album like “Circles,” “Allergic,” and “Staring At The Sun”. 

I definitely recommend this album to anyone that loves Malone’s past albums or wants to hear a different version of his musical style. The lyrics and music have an amazing way of engaging you while you listen to them .