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Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets To My Downfall (Album Review)

Machine Gun Kelly dabbles in pop-punk on “Tickets To My Downfall.”


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TOP 5

 

 

TIE. kiss kiss & drunk face

If you kiss bottles, you are an alcoholic… If you have a drunk face, you are an alcoholic…

I really enjoy listening to songs that make me feel young. With that being said, both “kiss kiss” and “drunk face” make me feel like a kid that’s down to lick toad backs, take tons of shots, stiff-arm love, and call off work to hang out with my white friends that like to go whitewater rafting.

The energy attached to both “Kiss Kiss” and “Drunk Face” is beyond impeccable. Matter of fact, my heart started to hurt while I was listening to both songs.

 

 

3. all i know

“all i know” is the coming-of-age hit that you need in your life!

What makes “all i know” special is that it features extremely catchy melodies, a fantastic verse by Trippie Redd, a splash of trap vibes, and lyrics that will give you flashbacks to your green days. All in all, all I know is that “All I Know” is very infectious!

I got flashbacks to the days that I used to think that bills were a myth while I was listening to “all i know.”

 

 

2. bloody valentine

“bloody valentine” is easily one of Machine Gun Kelly’s best songs.

“bloody valentine” is powered by the same instrumental Macaulay Culkin used to annoy his parents on the music video to “Black and White” (Just kidding). Over it, Machine Gun Kelly plays a desperate psycho that is willing to pursue any form of love the world can offer. Throughout the song, the Cleveland rapper trades his trill rapping ways for a style of singing that causes long-term damage to your larynx.

 

 

1. my ex’s best friend

Two very troubled musicians link up for “my ex’s best friend.”

I love blackbear and I really like emo Machine Gun Kelly. To me, the two musicians do a great job of singing fearlessly and pouring their broken hearts out lyrically in their music. On “my ex’s best friend,” MGK and blackbear will make you cry, make you break your imaginary guitar, and make you remove every picture of your ex that you have on your phone.

Don’t you love it how Machine Gun Kelly and blackbear both build up and scare their respective lovers on this song?


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. TITLE TRACK (3/5)

2. KISS KISS (4/5)

3. DRUNK FACE (4/5)

4. BLOODY VALENTINE (5/5)

5. FORGET ME TOO (3/5)

6. ALL I KNOW (4/5)

7. LONELY (4/5)

8. WWII (2/5)

9. KEVIN & BARRACUDA (N/A)

10. CONCERT FOR ALIENS (4/5)

11. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND (5/5)

12. JAWBREAKER (4/5)

13. NOTHING INSIDE (4/5)

14. BANYAN TREE INTERLUDE (N/A)

15, PLAY THIS WHEN I’M GONE (3/5)


OVERALL RATING

(B)

 

Believe it or not, Machine Gun Kelly is still signed to Bad Boy Records… (Yes, Puff Daddy approves of this new version of MGK)

As much as I appreciate what Machine Gun Kelly was able to do early in his career, I always felt like his persona didn’t completely match the music that he made. I can honestly say that MGK sounds like he’s in his element on Tickets To My Downfall. I feel like he approaches every single song on the album like a fearless rockstar that doesn’t understand what boundaries are. I also feel like he talks about topics that your average druggy can relate to (Hey, music that druggies can relate to is the new black).

I’m not going to lie, a bunch of songs on Tickets To My Downfall sounds the same. I feel like Machine Gun Kelly recycles melodies, beats, subject-matters, and more on the album. Fortunately for us, every performance he gifts us with is accompanied by riveting vibes. In other words, it’s impossible to be bored while listening to Tickets To My Downfall.

I’m not sure Machine Gun Kelly will go back to his rapping self. What I am sure about is how much more appealing he sounds as a rockstar!

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