Post Malone blends different genres in third album

Stacey Franciamore, Managing Editor

Post Malone released his third album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” on Sept. 6 and has proven his versatility and creativity with songs that have the potential to make it big.

The 24-year-old artist is well known for meshing together different genres of music to create unique lyrics and sounds. This is fully displayed on the album as the track jumps from upbeat, pop songs such as “Die For Me” and “SunFlower” to rap songs such as “On The Road.” Other styles of music influencing Malone’s work on the album include rock and punk. By taking this approach Malone not only showcases his talent and authenticity but offers listeners a diverse range of music and keeps them on their toes.

The first three songs on the album incite a whirlwind of emotions. “Hollywood’s Bleeding” talks about love, “Saint Tropez” highlights the luxuries of being rich and “Enemies” reminds us of those friends who turned out to be haters. There’s definitely a complexity in the album’s theme as many songs explore different feelings but what’s great about this is that listeners experience all the feels.

After this the album delves into songs that are very raw and relatable. “Allergic,” “A Thousand Times” and “Circles” speak about love, relationships and their many difficulties. In “Circles,” Malone sings, “Maybe you don’t understand what I’m going through. It’s only me, what you got to lose? Make up your mind, tell me, what are you gonna do?” Malone’s vulnerability and heartache is upfront, real and may even have listeners looking back on past relationships or questioning their current ones.

The album features a long list of notable artists including: DaBaby, Future, Halsey, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, SZA, Swae Lee and Young Thug. All of these artists add to the versatility of the album and accentuate Malone’s ability to mesh well with different artists. What struck fans the most was Ozzy Osborne’s appearance on the album. As an older artist Osborne reached his prime in the 1970s as the lead singer in the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. In “Take What You Want,” Malone, Osbourne and Scott definitely convey a dark, eerie feeling. This song is captivating because three very distinct artists work so well together and actually produce a compelling song.

Overall “Hollywood’s Bleeding” is a fantastic project and really exemplifies Malone’s desire to try new things and experiment with music. It’s almost as if he had a ton of ideas and threw them all into this album, and there’s nothing more genuine, honest and understandable than that. This album is different and original, and it’s refreshing to hear music that isn’t the same old conventional thing.