Post Malone fans were ecstatic for the release of his third studio LP, Hollywood’s Bleeding, last Friday. Following up Malone’s last album, beerbongs & bentleys, would be difficult considering it was a massive success, but so far Hollywood’s Bleeding has received excellent reviews from fans and critics.
Post Malone is unique in that he does not like to categorize his music into a particular genre; his soulful voice has proved just fine in singing melodies ranging from pop to rock to hip hop. His diversity has allowed him to cultivate a wide range of followers, making his music so popular and successful. Because Malone’s music encompasses such a wide range of genres, with the release of every project, fans question which unique sound and genre the next track will encompass as they make their way through the album.
So was true with the release of Hollywood’s Bleeding. This versatility was witnessed even before the release of the album with the drop of four singles prior to its release. “Wow.,” “Goodbyes,” “Circles,” and “Sunflower” are very diverse melodically and conceptually. This idea of Post Malone’s wide versatility can be seen even at first glance of the album’s tracklist, as Hollywood’s Bleeding contains many featured tracks with artists from vastly different backgrounds including SZA, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, Kanye, Young Thug, Father John Misty, DaBaby, Future, Halsey, and Swae Lee.
“Circles” which was released a few days prior to the release of the LP, is one of the most popular songs on the album so far. It is undoubtedly one of the most pop-oriented tracks, along with “Staring at the Sun,” which appears later in the album. Despite its upbeat melody, the lyrics of “Circles” hold depth that offers insight into Malone’s love life, as he sings, “Seasons change and our love went cold / Feed the flame cause we can’t let go.”
“Staring at the Sun” featuring SZA also maintains an upbeat melody, unlike many of Post Malone’s past tracks. As per usual, the lyrics are not particularly uplifting as they talk about a struggling relationship; however, much like “Circle,” this does not prevent the song from being catchy and rhythmic.
The title track of the album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” at first gives off more of Malone’s historical, melancholic sound before transitioning into a hip hop track. This shift was an interesting creative choice on Malone’s part, and has seemed to be popular among fans.
“Take What You Want” features superstars from two different time eras, Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott, but superstars nonetheless. It is filled with hints of metal and rock, making it drastically different from anything that Malone has ever worked on before. Some fans feel that this song seems out of place on the album, but of course, there are others who like that Post Malone is trying to encompass even more genres into his work.
Overall, the album showcases Malone’s versatility as an artist as well as his always amazing raspy and soulful sound. It seems that no matter what type of music he puts out, Post Malone always ends up at the top of the charts, with no exception for many of the incredible tracks on Hollywood’s Bleeding.