Twenty One Pilots – ‘Scaled and Icy’ Review


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Dynamic duo find their happy place – but falls flat within an empty attempt compared to their past work.

Much like its album name, Scaled and Icy, has flairs of happy-go-lucky fleeting moments, but ultimately feels like a hollow skeleton of their former selves.

Known for their compelling thought-provoking moments on mental health with lyrical ingenuity and complex albums like Blurryface, Scaled and Icy is not even in the same Vessel as their former counterparts.

Awash of hollow prude-pop with Good Day and Saturday, it is somewhat a disappointing return to music from Tyler and Josh. Almost as if they were pressured to release a studio album this year from their label, it is an unimaginative colourful mess, and quite a shame. The only moments to talk about would either be the singles prior to the album, Choker, Shy Away and possibly, Mulberry Street.

I managed to grab a full play-through of the album on my way back from work on the train, and it certainly made the trip a far more disappointing commute.

For me, it is just worthy of an honory mention simply for their legacy, but it is an absent contender within their integral identity.

I’ll be heading back to 2013’s Vessel. Hmu if you agree. If so, see you there.

Sorry boys, just not for me, this one.

5 responses to “Twenty One Pilots – ‘Scaled and Icy’ Review”

  1. jarilissima avatar

    Interesting. I only know their song “Heathens,” which was in the Suicide Squad soundtrack. The music video is cool 🙂

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    1. manvmusic avatar

      Yeah, that’s a fantastic song from these two. It’s a shame that they’ve kinda lost their way with this new album. Let me know your thoughts on it though if you get around to listening to it.

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  2. Yernasia Quorelios avatar
    Yernasia Quorelios

    💜 Mean Music Man; try again constructively

    … 💛💚💙…

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  3. EclecticMusicLover avatar

    Sadly, I must agree with you Alex. twenty øne piløts have been my favorite band since 2015, and I love Vessel, Blurryface and Trench. I listened to Scaled and Icy on Friday morning, then again yesterday, and it’s basically a lackluster collection of pop-rock songs. “Shy Away” is definitely the strongest track on the album, but the rest of them did not make much of an impression on me. It pales in comparison to the brilliant and imaginative songs on their previous three albums.

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    1. manvmusic avatar

      Yeah; it really does. Almost like they’ve rushed out an album for this year to stay on-trend of some sorts, it’s odd. They’re VERY lacklustre, indeed. I don’t think they’re even poppy enough to be catchy and enjoy 😅

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