“Hollywood’s Bleeding”: catchy beats; forgettable lyrics


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Brooke J. Freundschuh

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” is the follow up to Post Malone’s highly successful album “Beerbongs and Bentleys” that released in the spring of 2018. In this album, the Utah native discusses being a new resident in the city of angels.

Malone opens with the title track, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” in which he says “Hollywood is bleeding, but we call it home,” setting the tone of the entire album. Throughout the album he discusses the good, the bad and the ugly he has experienced since rising to fame last year.

Tracks like “Saint-Tropez,” “On the Road,” and “Wow.” are braggadocious accounts of how he’s enjoying his new found wealth. Malone name drops his favorite brands and describes all of the luxuries he’s partaking in: sex, drugs, liquor, diamonds, watches, expensive cars, designer clothes, the whole lot.

Malone establishes that he deserves it because of all the hard work he puts in. Some of the statements he makes are bold and could be considered premature, considering he is still regarded as an up-and-coming artist. He states that he is “pumping out classics” and says “got so many hits I can’t remember them all.”

I personally do not feel like “Congratulations” and “rockstar” are too many to remember, but okay. While these would all make good hype music tracks, they did not do much for me as far as lyrical content.

He also discusses the downside of having money and the negative attention it attracts from both fake friends and prospective lovers on tracks like “Enemies,” and “A Thousand Bad Times.” Often the most memorable parts of songs on “Hollywood’s Bleeding” are features. Ironically on “Enemies,” Malone’s collaborator, DaBaby, said, “I just went double platinum with no features.”

Perhaps the most discussed collaboration on this album is “Take What You Want,” a track featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott. The Internet was immediately divided when many younger fans of Malone’s did not know who Ozzy was. One twitter user, @edwxxard, went viral; he said, “who tf is ozzy osbourne ???!??! this is why I love post malone for shining light on unknown artists.” While some found their ignorance humorous, many were genuinely upset that the rock and roll icon was unknown to the newer generation. However, despite the controversy, “Take What You Want” is one of the best tracks on the album.

Another stand out track on the album is “Die For Me,” which features Future and Halsey. It is by far my personal favorite song. “Die For Me” is energetic and contains some of the best lyrical content on the album from both Malone and his collaborators. Halsey’s verse radiates confidence and adds a powerful female presence to the record.

Good can be found in the slower songs such as the chart-topping single “Circles” and “Staring at the Sun” feat. SZA. Malone’s raspy vocals that he is often praised for are showcased on these tracks. While both songs discuss failed relationships, they are catchy and hold some of the stronger lyrical moments on the album.

Unfortunately, Post Malone’s disillusionment with aspects of life expressed throughout the album bleed through into the attitude of the listener. I find a lot of the songs to be forgettable. While they’re not all bad, they are not something I have a desire to return to. Many are layered with good beats, but the lyrical content spoils them.

Although there are a few gems to be pulled from “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” it was not a personal favorite album of mine and did not live up to the standard set by his former album.