Album Review: Post Malone – Stoney

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The White Iverson himself released his debut album after a year of relevancy, and its versatility is what keeps it afloat during its 68 minute listen-through. Filled with songs with trap, pop and even some indie-influence, Post Malone releases a project that shouldn’t be taken as seriously as you think.

Post Malone, the 21-year-old rap…R&B…country…whatever you would like to call him, has released his debut album, Stoney. The 2016 project doesn’t keep a solid theme or tone through the entirety of it. There are songs that go from a very heavy bass, trap vibe, to catchy radio hits (looking at you Déjà Vu). The shifting tones of the album keep it fresh though, but the only thing that hurts it, is the length itself.

There are songs that make Stoney a legitimate freshman album. “Déjà Vu,” which features Justin Bieber on a great sing-a-long hook that sounds like it is from a dream. “White Iverson,” the single that started it all over a year ago is featured on the album. “No Option” is a very fun track that has some electric sounding keys and a shoulder-shaking vibe to it. “Congratulations” featuring Quavo is another song that shows the strong sides of the project, showcasing Post Malone’s strong use of features on the album. “Money Made Me Do” It is another song that shows the potential Post Malone has at creating quality songs. With the help of 2 Chainz, the song manages to give a fun, Caribbean sound to it. The versatility begins though when the song Leave begins.

“Leave” has a sound that sounds like it should be in a modern day western. From the acoustics to the humming background vocals, this song separates itself from the sound of all the songs that lead up to it. The song Go Flex utilizes acoustics, along with hip-hop production that successfully combines two different genres in one.

The closing track, “Feeling Whitney” stands out compared to the rest of the album, and that is a good thing. “Feeling Whitney” sounds like it was produced for an indie album, and somehow works. Being one of the least talked about songs, the acoustics and sincerity coming out of Post Malone’s tone in this track make it feel much more personal than the rest of the of the album.

The problems that come from this album are the songs that seem to be shoe-horned in their for the simple fact of making an hour long project. Cutting songs that sound dull and unimaginative such as “Up There,” “Your Truly, Austin Post,” and “I Fall Apart” would have actually made the album stronger, but they weigh it down instead. This album is a great example that less can actually be more.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 10

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