Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots

blurryfaceInformation: Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots is a music cd that was put out in 2015 by Serenity West Recording.

Summary: Blurryface is the fourth album put out by Twenty One Pilots. Their album is a mixture of hip-hop and alternative rock. They are known for their fast paced rhythms and heavy lyrics that speak to the latest generation about the collective fears that they are facing. These fears include, not being well liked, not making enough money to be self-sufficient, and self doubt. Twenty One Pilots

Critical Evaluation: In the last couple of years, Twenty One Pilots has had chart topping hits and sold out tours, thanks to the Blurryface album. The juxtaposition of upbeat music paired with heavy lyrics that speak of the troubles many of this next generation, have brought thousands together to stand behind them to sing their words and share their fear.

Reader’s Annotation: Blurryface is the fourth Twenty One Pilots album that speaks to the fear of the latest generation.

Author’s Information: Twenty One Pilots was formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. Initially an idea from Joseph, he eventually called his high school friends Nick Thomas and Chris Salih to form a band. He came up with the band’s name while studying All My Sons by Arthur Miller, a play about a man who must decide what is best for his family after causing the death of twenty-one pilots during World War II, because he knowingly sent them faulty parts for the good of his business. Joseph explains that this story of moral dilemma was the inspiration for the name of the band. On December 29, 2009, they released their debut, self-titled album and began touring Ohio. Followed by their second album, Regional at Best in 2011, which consisted only of Joseph and Dun.

Twenty One Pilots’ third album, Vessel, was released on January 8, 2013.
The band’s fourth album, Blurryface, was released on May 17, 2015, two days ahead of its intended release date. Joseph and drummer Josh Dun embarked on two international tours in 2015 and 2016, they are known as the Blurryface Tour and Emotional Roadshow World Tour.
On 6 December 2016, Joseph received five Grammy nominations: Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media. On December 9, 2016, Joseph was declared the “Top Songwriter of 2016” by Billboard (Twenty One Pilots).

Genre: Hip-Hop, Rock, Alternative

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Reading Level/ Age Interest: Grades 9-12 and Ages 15-18

Challenge Issues: Language

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This album was made to speak to those at the end of their high school career or just getting out of it. The lyrics specifically speak about their worries and fears. The songs have brought together thousands to sing along and form a community of people who understand one another.  

Other recommendations like this album include: This Is War by Thirty Seconds to Mars, Death of a Bachelor by Panic! At the Disco, and American Beauty/American Psycho by Fall Out Boy.

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  • Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Album (2015)

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Why I chose this album: I chose this album because of its inventive way of expressing sad and difficult emotions. It speaks the pain of a generation under economic and political stress.


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