The mixture of rock, hip hop, piano-driven pop, electronic and folk style of twenty one pilots sets them apart from all the other bands around. Couple with that brilliant storytelling, lyrical depth and emotion, the band is just in another level even though they have just released their label debut album, Vessel.
Car Radio is the most fascinating song I have heard in the past few years. It started off with Tyler talk-rapping with a light accompaniment of keyboard and drums. As the song progresses, the instrumental became fuller and no first time listener could have prepared for the explosive techno-pop breakdown tied up with Tyler's screamo in the end. The sound is not the only praiseworthy here. The lyrical content is mind blowing: "Faith is to be awake / And to be awake is for us to think / And for us to think is to be alive / And I will try with every rhyme / To come across like I am dying / To let you know you need to try to think." The vocals is powerful and compelling, adding weight to the sensitivity.
I have formulated this thought that maybe the world is not yet ready for twenty one pilots just like they were not ready with label mates, Paramore and fun.'s first albums back then. We know both bands went big with their second albums, RIOT! and Some Nights. I thought this is how it will turn out for them too, but it seems like Vessel will bring it on for twenty one pilots.
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