Released: Jan 2013
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Think it's impossible to go from brooding Eminem rap to jouncing piano hooks in the space of two minutes? Twenty One Pilots just blew your mind on opener "Ode to Sleep," and they don't stop there: "Holding on to You" is addictive power pop, "Car Radio" a ukulele-driven Lumineers nod, "Guns for Hands" features a dub breakdown, and every song has some kind of EDM flourish. No wonder Tyler Joseph's lyrics deal mostly with overcoming the anxiety produced by modern sensory overload -- his band has mastered the craft, delivering a delectably schizophrenic sound that doubles as triumphant pop.
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