Tune In: Beerbongs & Bentleys

Josh Kim, A&E Editor

Staying true to his persona,  Post Malone’s latest album, “beerbongs & bentleys,” is filled with songs about success and living the best life he can.

Immediately upon its release, “beerbongs & bentleys” was certified platinum, aided by the inclusion of smash hits  “Rockstar” and “Psycho.” Malone has surely come a long way since coming into the spotlight with “White Iverson” in 2015 and the  release of “Stoney” a year later. That album was a major success, certifying double platinum and reaching No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

The new album starts off strong with “Paranoid,” with lyrics that  take a break from Malone’s history of singing about partying and drinking. Instead it voices Malone’s burdens about his fame, and how he believes he is being used for his popularity by friends and family. The track creates a more relatable Post Malone, opening the album with meaningful lyrics and a recognizable  personality.

“Rockstar” gives off a dark, mischievous vibe, which makes it all the more appealing of a song. On the other hand, “Psycho” is  a smoother, more easily flowing track.

The third track on the album, “Rich and Sad,” is a breakup stuck inside of a trap song.  Malone sings of wishing that all the money he made would entice his ex to stay. The emotion in Malone’s voice when he sings “Got a hundred big places, but I’m still all alone,” and “I just keep on wishin’ that the money made you stay,” combined with the beat had me eagerly replaying the song multiple times before it even ended.

About halfway through the album, “Better Now” takes a complete 180 from “Rich and Sad,” oozing independence rather than longing for a past lover. I immediately fell for the opening guitar riff and catchy beat. The lyrics, by Malone and his co-writers,  gave me an “I told you so” vibe as Malone sang, “You know I say I am better now, better now.” The song goes on to speak about Malone’s willingness to give an ex “anything, woulda gave you anything.”

Though the album contains familiar trap and hip hop songs, as the album progresses, acoustic guitar and slower paces replace catchy beats.

Toward the end of the album, Malone pulls on the heartstrings of listeners with lyrics depicting the difficulties of maintaining a relationship in “Stay.” The tone is mellow and sad, adding to the mood that Malone’s pleading vocals create.

All in all, I found myself nodding my head to the album for a week straight. While the album brought a new, more melancholy side of Post Malone, the singles were the highlight of the album, with “Stay” and “Rich and Sad” standing out.