What no one expected for a while was new music from twenty one pilots. What I didn’t expect was twenty one pilots music I’d actually like.
The new record deals with mental issues and internal demons with a sense of depth and urgency. The delivery is serious, displaying the need to be heard. Dun’s beats are tensed on point, with electronic synths used promptly to back up the atmosphere and mood. Joseph’s rap remains narratively flawless, reflecting the emotions needed brilliantly.
As someone who had ended up disillusioned and faithless in twenty one pilots by the time of the release of “Blurryface“, and the cryptic messages leading to worldwide fanfare panic, this record was the band’s salvation.
The album sounds like the result of a band having found their sound. The need of the hiatus is evident in the improvement of their music from the rather disappointing (yet top charting) “Blurryface“. While remaining the sequel to “Blurryface”, “Trench” is clearly the superior album in every sense of the word. The way the subjects at hand are dealt with shows the sense of maturity that the last record lacked and their first two LPs didn’t need. It’s a great release and a renewal of my faith in popular music.