Post Malone is one of those artists that seem to come up out of the blue and gain a huge following that hails them as the artist of our time. His last record Stoney set him off on his pseudo-hip-hop style, his smooth, gravely voice sounding perfect over the trap beats. Post Malone refines his smooth sound in Beerbongs & Bentleys, his long-awaited new record that takes his sound a step further.
Beerbongs & Bentleys is filled with the style that fans have grown to love from Post Malone. Opening track 'Paranoid' brings the record to a relatively gentle start, the flowing beat moving smoothly under Post's energetic voice, nice and wistful melodies bringing the record in on a nice note. 'Spoil My Night' with Swae Lee takes on a more risqué attitude you'd expect from a hip-hop star, though its playful nature and R&B connotations making that forgivable. Post Malone even keeps that lighthearted, fun attitude in 'Zack and Codeine' as well, using subtle references to The Suite Life Of Zack and Cody to create a clever and fun atmosphere that keeps the album's liveliness up.
The best parts of Beerbongs & Bentleys are the darker numbers and the more risky moments. This includes hit single 'Rockstar' featuring 21 Savage, which feels like the perfect realization of Post Malone's sound. The dark, moody electronic beat rolls perfectly with his cavernous, psychedelic vocals. 'Blame It On Me' keeps a darker profile as well, with a bit of aggression mixed in with the lyrics for something a bit more textured. Alternative vibes are present in 'Otherside' that add a bit of tasteful drive to the record before 'Stay' slows things down for an acoustic ballad - a dying art in popular music. Acoustic elements are present in 'Psycho' with Ty Dolla $ign as well, adding a raw element to the electronic beats. Even the 'Jonestown' interlude, with its epic atmospheric, gives Beerbongs & Bentleys more charm. There aren't really any weak moments in the album - not every song goes above and beyond, but each is unique and keeps the energy rolling, or the feelings coming.
Post Malone refines his smooth sound in Beerbongs & Bentleys, taking his beloved sound one step further and innovating more. Every song is unique, making Beerbongs & Bentleys diverse and interesting from start to finish, with surprises all along the way. It's a great step ahead, and definitely shows that he's more than a one trick pony.
Favorite Tracks: Rockstar, Otherside, Stay, Blame It On Me
Least Favorite Track: Same Bitches
Rating: 77 / 100
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