Hay’s corner: top 10 albums of the 2010s

Jordan Hay, Staff Writer

Going out of your comfort zone
can yield some great results. Whether
it’s with meeting new people or even
listening to new music.
This was me in the year of 2016.
Then, I really only listened to rock
and metal. Stereotypical angry,
straight white boy music. Then I
really got into music with more pop
and emo sensibilities with groups
like Twenty One Pilots.
A friend of mine would always
listen to their 2013 album “Vessel”
and 2015 album “Blurryface”, both
of which are good albums, in his car.

I started listening to them on my
own after that and that led to what I
mainly listen to now.
Blurryface was such a hit and
I liked it a lot at the time. I just
felt like the group could really do
more with their sound and would
hopefully mature their sound with
an upcoming album.
The first single, “Jumpsuit,” from
their newest album came out and I
was instantly hooked. It’s what I
wanted from the group. Their sound
metamorphosed into having more of
a rock-style which was seen with the
really catchy bassline on the track.
The album came out on October 5,
2018. Which happens to be the same
release date as another album in this

series of my favorite albums of the
2010s, “Unheavenly Creatures” by
Coheed and Cambria.
The album kicks off with
“Jumpsuit,” which sets the tone
greatly for the rest of the record. The
track then transitions into the track
“Levitate.”
“Levitate” shows off Twenty One
Pilots’ frontman, Tyler Joseph’s,
improved rapping skills. Joseph has
rapped before on Twenty One Pilots
tracks, but I feel like this song really
does a good job of showcasing the
ability of his.
Next, we get the very sleek
track “Morph.” This, along with
every track so far has very good
production.
The production and sound

overall on this album is such a nice
change of pace to what we heard on
previous Twenty One Pilots records.
This new, gritty, and mature sound is
definitely positive.
The next track we get is “My
Blood.” Another track that I
have to praise the group for their
instrumentation is great. The drums
are tight, the bassline is nice and the
synths in a few parts of the song add
a lot to it.
“Chlorine” is the next song on the
tracklist. Once again, the production
and instrumentation is a major plus.
This is one of the many songs that I
will find myself singing in my head
after listening to the album.
“Smithereens” is a sweet little
track that describes some stuff that
Tyler Joseph would do for his wife,
including “step to a dude much
bigger than me” and thus getting
beat to smithereens.
A track on this album that may
have the most powerful message and
lyrics may be “Neon Gravestones.”
This track tackles the issue of
suicide and its apparent glorification
in our society. The romanticization
of taking one’s own life can almost
be seen in fan bases of groups like
Twenty One Pilots and making a
song like this sends a good message
to those people and young people in
general.
This album also deals with an
underlying concept. The story of it

has to deal with a character named
Clancy and his group trying to leave
the fictional city of Dema.
“Nico and the Niners” is a track
that deals with the group of people
in the story that is trying to keep the
inhabitants of Dema in the city.
A song later in the tracklist that
always catches my attention is “Pet
Cheetah.” Once again, the beats and
production on this record are just
so good. Not many albums that I’ve
listened to recently have had this level
of consistently good production.
The album then wraps up with
“Leave the City.” Twenty-One
Pilots have a trope of ending their
albums with slower, more subdued
tracks. This song by far is the most
interesting one compared to the
others.
To sum this album up, the
production and instrumentation
are both so good. Twenty One
Pilots being able to mature from
“Blurryface” to “Trench” is exactly
what they needed to grow as artists
and they did it. It will be interesting
to see what their next step will be
after this album.