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Album Review: Post Malone - Twelve Carat Toothache (Deluxe)

Written By: Mike Double G


Grade = 73% or 3.5 ️Stars

Track List - 50 Minutes

  1. Reputation 4:08

  2. Cooped Up (Feat. Roddy Ricch) 3:06 ️

  3. Lemon Tree 4:04 ️

  4. Wrapped Around Your Finger 3:14

  5. I Like You (A Happier Song) [Feat. Doja Cat] 3:13 ️

  6. I Cannot Be (A Sadder Song) [Featt. Gunna] 2:50

  7. Insane 2:50 ️

  8. Love/Hate Letter To Alcohol (Feat. Fleet Foxes) 3:04

  9. Wasting Angels (Feat. The Kid LAROI) 4:03

  10. Euthanasia 2:26 ️

  11. When I’m Alone 3:15

  12. Waiting For A Miracle 2:22

  13. One Right Now (Post Malone & The Weeknd) 3:13 ️

  14. New Recording 12, Jan 3, 2020, 1:33

Deluxe Tracks

  1. Waiting For Never 3:17

  2. Hateful 2:58

It’s been nearly 3 years since Post Malone’s last album Hollywood’s Bleeding. You can find his music under Hip-Hop/Rap on your streaming services but Post Malone can’t be boxed into one genre. On his fourth album Twelve Carat Toothache you will hear many elements of hip-hop but you will also hear different genres like pop, grunge, and rock & roll. The features on this album include Roddy Ricch, Doja Cat, Gunna, Fleet Foxes, The Kid LAROI, and The Weeknd. Most of these artists could be considered multi-genre similar to Post Malone.

Post Malone picked the right artists to collaborate with on this album as many of them can make different kinds of music. Doja Cat recently won best R&B album at the billboard awards but received criticism for it since many people feel she is more of a pop artist. The Weeknd came into the industry as an R&B artist but his music has become more pop sounding with every album. Even rap stars like Roddy Ricch and Gunna have expanded there sound to make more radio friendly music. As rap surpasses pop as the world’s most popular genre, hybrid artists like Doja Cat, The Weeknd, and Post Malone will continue to have the most success.

The most popular songs such as this album will probably be the pop songs like Wrapped Around Your Finger, I Like You, Wasting Angels, and One Right Now. These songs will probably get the most streams but to Post’s credit his lead single Cooped Up has more of a hip/hip sound to it. I feel like many artists have used hip/hop to get into the industry then abandon it to pursue other genres. Songs like “Cooped Up”, Insane, and I Cannot Be are the most hip/hop sounding records on this album. These are the kind of songs that remind fans of of the early Post Malone who gained recognition from his hit song White Iverson.

The third genre I hear on this project is rock. On this album I hear more of a grunge sound as apposed to his previous rock records which had more of a pop sound to them. On this album, this is where Post is at his best. Some of these types of songs would include Reputation, Lemon Tree, Euthanasia, and Love/Hate Letter To Alcohol. Post gets more personal and introspective on these kind of records. Many of them are themed around his addiction with alcohol. On the song “Euthanasia” Post talks about his addiction with alcohol when he says:

Behold, a sober moment, too short, and far between. I should crack one open to celebrate bein' clean.

He even implies that this will be his cause of death when he says:

When I go out, it ain't gonna hurt at all. An end to anger, euthanasia. When I go out, it ain't gonna hurt at all. Familiar stranger, euthanasia.

This album seems light especially after a 3 year wait. Not counting the last track which is a shorter/acoustic version of “Euthanasia” this album is only 13 tracks over 40 minutes. This is usually enough for a rap album but with so many different genres I think we needed more. His last three projects had 17 or 18 songs and ran between 51 and 68 minutes. They were also released with less time in between. One reason for the short length is because of the pandemic. Luckily, Post added two more songs to the album on a deluxe version that was released a few days after the original version. In an interview with Zane Lowe, Post said he made most of the album in one night. He also admitted he wrote it while he was tripping on mushrooms. This is probably why some of the song writing on this album is darker and more personal. I don’t think this album is as strong as his last album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” but it’s not his worst album. I would give it an overall grade of a 73% or 3.5 stars which is on par with his second album “beerbongs & bentleys”.

Best Song = Cooped Up Feat. Roddy Ricch

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