Post Malone captures the essence of materialism in his third studio album

Comprised of hit songs such as “Sunflower,” featuring Swae Lee, and “Wow,” Post Malone’s newest album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding” claimed the top spot on Billboard 200  in the week subsequent to its release Friday, Sept. 6. 

Akin to his previous album, “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Malone utilizes fast-paced beats, but portrays a state of melancholy following betrayals, parties and breakups instead of a sense of elation upon reaching the pinnacle of a musical career. The first song, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” establishes a hopeless mood despite its upbeat delivery, constructing the foundation for the album.  

In the next two songs, “Saint-Tropez” and “Enemies,” Malone discusses the implications of material wealth and emphasizes how easily friends are negatively influenced by money. However, in “Allergic,” he encourages the dismissal of these ideas through psychedelics, despite their depressing effects on users. 

In addition, Malone also depicts the common feeling of internal conflict and regret during and after a relationship. In “A Thousand Bad Times,” “Circles” and “Die for Me,” Malone strains his voice over a buoyant beat to stress the mistake of returning to a loved one despite the amount of wrongdoing he or she has inflicted. 

To conclude his album, Malone expresses the process of self-reconciliation after ending a fractured relationship through “Goodbyes,” “Myself” and “I Know.” He also describes a return to being single, which encompasses alcoholism and loneliness, in “Wow.” 

Overall, Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” harmoniously details the struggles experienced by most young adults while explaining the pitfalls of materialism. Each track included a jubilant beat and a contrasting dismal message to convey depression beneath a cheerful guise.

By Jacob Khuu, Manager 
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