Over a year after the release of his famous album “Beerbongs & Bentley’s,” American singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed rockstar Post Malone has now released his newest album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” by Republic Records on Friday. The album features guest appearances from DaBaby, Future, Halsey, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, SZA, Swae Lee and Young Thug.
Post Malone’s music takes on a “tortured soul” and “heartbreak” theme and is occasionally influenced by R&B and hip-hop. As he’s stated in many interviews, Post Malone based his music and desire for fame from being voted “Most Likely to be Famous” in high school, eventually making his debut as an artist in August 2015.
The album itself has a total of 23 tracks, four of them being singles Post Malone has already put out including “Circles,” “Sunflower (Spider-man: Into The Spiderverse),” “Goodbyes” and “Wow. ” The sad boy “tortured soul” tones are very consistent within the album and are exactly what is expected from Post Malone. On a general level, almost every song on the album sounds the same, and it is a struggle to tell the songs from each other. The only songs that differ are “Wow,” “Sunflower (Spider-man: Into The Spiderverse),” and “Take What You Want.” However, after that the albums sounds, beats and the lyrics are all monotonous.
I would go out on a limb and say that the song “Take What You Want” is the best song off of the album that hasn’t already been released. The song features Travis Scott and an odd addition, Ozzy Osbourne, taking a twist on Post Malone’s sound and making it more rock-forward with a little Travis Scott flair. There was a long guitar solo in the middle of the song, which was a much needed break from the eight songs before it that eventually blended into the same song by the time the album was over. It was refreshing to hear Ozzy Osbourne’s clear and powerful voice, making it the most promising song from the album.
Another song that is a stand out is the song “Staring at the Sun” featuring SZA. It is a stand out in the way that it sounds better and different from the majority of the album; however, the back beat is extremely similar to his song “Sunflower” from “Spider-man: Into The Spiderverse.” SZA adds a nice vocal range to the song, creating a good harmony with Post Malone’s distinct voice that is so very hard to describe. SZA’s songs are always very calming, and her R&B style leaked into the song, also making it a refreshing twist to listen to as opposed to the rest of the album.
Despite this, there are multiple times where the album got boring to listen to. The beats tend to get repetitive with no diversity in the lyrics besides frequently discussing betrayal, women, drug abuse and feeling alone in a Hollywood.
Three songs in particular, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” “Saint-Tropez” and “Energies,” all sound like slightly modified versions of other songs on the album. Honestly, I think they all might be the same song because the lyrics just repeat and there seems to be no meaning besides how Post Malone can’t trust anyone. They are all generally two to three-minute songs that exude the same vocal cues and repetition of the pre-chorus lines. I wouldn’t necessarily say that any of the songs are catchy, it’s just that 23 songs that all sound the same is a lot for the listener to take in. All of the songs could easily climb the Billboard’s Hottest 100 hits since there is an overwhelming trend that Post Malone can drop any song or sound and people willl still listen to it.
Overall, the album wasn’t terrible, but it is disappointing that Post Malone doesn’t stray from the hip-hop “sad boy” genre, despite describing his music is “genreless” in an interview with GQ Magazine. The “Hollywood’s Bleeding” album has an interesting name that could have been used to really speak up about what goes on in Hollywood. As expected, the songs reach a superficial surface, but this doesn’t mean the album is bad or good: It just isn’t for someone of my music taste.
If you’ve been a fan of Post Malone for years, then you’re probably going to like the album, especially if you really like his style. I think it’s important to note that creating an album is probably stressful when you’re as big as Post Malone. He doesn’t frequently release albums; therefore, it seems that Post Malone’s talents lie in creating singles and having multiple break Billboard top 100 instead of making an album. “Hollywood’s Bleeding” isn’t a standout album, but hopefully Post Malone uses his talent to create more in the future.