It seems like ages ago when I first heard Post Malones breakthrough single: “White Iverson”. I became instantly hooked due to his charismatic flow and impressionable instrumentals and lyrics. As the years passed by and the face tattoos accumulated, Post Malone has transcended that of a typical artist. He is a cultural icon and one that should be revered for his drive and work ethic. The progression he has shown was no more evident than in his most recent release “Twelve Carat Toothache.”
”Twelve Carat Toothache” is an album that fans of all genres can enjoy. It contains features from some of the top names in the industry. Post Malone is able to mesh well with each performer and bring forth a great effort. “Lemon Tree”, “Reputation”, and “Euthanasia” are perfect examples of the smooth melodic tone that has become synonymous with Post Malone. Even though he experiments and diverges away from his natural flow, he always finds a way to go back to his roots.
He has indeed become more pop-oriented over the years, with some songs feeling a little forced. His pop-heavy songs give me more The Weeknd Vibes, taking away from his own cachet. Pop has dominated the charts for decades now, so it is understandable for any artist to venture into this realm. Post certainly makes the most of it, however, and still finds ways to deliver his signature flow. He shines in both his individual tracks and in the features. With “I Like You” featuring Doja Cat, and “Cooped Up” with Roddy Rich being highlights of the album.
Overall, I really enjoyed the album. It transitions between multiple emotions and delivers on each. Going from sadness and despair in some songs to a more joyous and celebratory tone in others. Though some songs felt more rushed than others, I feel the positives certainly outweigh the negatives. Post is constantly showing his growth and maturity, putting it on full display with “Twelve Carat Toothache”. He is nothing short of a superstar, and his efforts will continue to shine in future ventures for years to come.
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