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Post Malone - Hollywood's Bleeding (Album Review)

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 Written by Milly McMahon

With two successful albums to his name, Post Malone has now released his most thought-provoking work to date with ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’. Taking time to reflect on his direction and values, it feels like an epiphanous moment in the multi-platinum artist’s 0-100 career. 

Opening with the highly dramatised title track, Post delivers a call to arms, naming and shaming the city that makes and breaks spirits and souls. Supported by some of the hip hop community’s most influential voices, ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ calls on contributions from Kanye West, SZA, Meek Mill, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Swae Lee, DaBaby and, crossing the genre divide into the heavy stuff, Ozzy Osbourne.

Post’s music is the perfect millennial muse right now. Representing a very real and emotional snapshot into everyday life, ego, sadness, obsession, insecurities and heartbreak, it switches things up in concert with some new stylistic touches.

Allergic is Post’s brilliant take on doo wop, while A Thousand Bad Times continues on this pop-tinged journey, suggesting that he thrives in this spirit of reinvention. Circles introduces a Mac DeMarco mood, moving through nostalgic, relaxed feelings. 

Experimenting with expansive production techniques, Post also slides back to his signature sound with finesse. Die For Me, featuring Halsey and Future, dips into more familiar, darker undertones. Creating songs that tell stories and feel authentic, despite an uncensored take on struggle and hedonism, an endearing vulnerability resonates from Post’s voice and words. 

The album feels like an attempt to press pause on his spiralling and destructive habits, and it is couched in warnings. Post speaks of the loss of his friend and mentor Mac Miller, discusses the fame machine responsible for platforming stars and contributing to the tragic fates of so many young people and, on Internet, the risks invited by a life lived purely online. Littered with profound messages, ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ is deep.

Post Malone Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Sat September 14 2019 - TACOMA Washington - Tacoma Dome (USA)
Mon September 16 2019 - VANCOUVER British Columbia - Rogers Arena (Canada)
Tue September 17 2019 - PORTLAND Oregon - Moda Center at the Rose Quarter (USA)
Thu September 19 2019 - SACRAMENTO California - Golden 1 Center (USA)
Sat September 21 2019 - FRESNO California - Save Mart Center (USA)
Thu September 26 2019 - SAINT PAUL Minnesota - Xcel Energy Center (USA)
Fri September 27 2019 - SAINT PAUL Minnesota - Xcel Energy Center (USA)
Sun September 29 2019 - DETROIT Michigan - Little Caesars Arena (USA)
Tue October 01 2019 - CHICAGO Illinois - United Center (USA)
Thu October 03 2019 - TORONTO Ontario - Scotiabank Arena (Canada)
Fri October 04 2019 - TORONTO Ontario - Scotiabank Arena (Canada)
Sun October 06 2019 - BUFFALO New York - Keybank Center (USA)
Tue October 08 2019 - BOSTON Massachusetts - TD Garden (USA)
Wed October 09 2019 - BOSTON Massachusetts - TD Garden (USA)
Fri October 11 2019 - ATLANTIC CITY New Jersey - Boardwalk Hall Arena - Boardwalk Hall (USA)
Sat October 12 2019 - WASHINGTON District Of Columbia - Capital One Arena (USA)
Mon October 14 2019 - NEW YORK New York - Madison Square Garden (USA)
Tue October 15 2019 - NEW YORK New York - Madison Square Garden (USA)
Thu October 17 2019 - RALEIGH North Carolina - PNC Arena (USA)
Fri October 18 2019 - ATLANTA Georgia - State Farm Arena - GA (USA)
Sun October 20 2019 - MIAMI Florida - AmericanAirlines Arena (USA)
Mon October 21 2019 - FORT LAUDERDALE Florida - BB&T Center (USA)
Thu October 24 2019 - TAMPA Florida - Amalie Arena (USA)
Fri October 25 2019 - JACKSONVILLE Florida - VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena (USA)
Sun October 27 2019 - NEW ORLENAS Louisiana - City Park (USA)
Tue October 29 2019 - SAN ANTONIO Texas - AT&T Center (USA)
Sat November 02 2019 - DALLAS Texas - Posty Fest (USA)
Mon November 04 2019 - OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma - Chesapeake Energy Arena (USA)
Tue November 05 2019 - HOUSTON Texas - Toyota Center - TX (USA)
Fri November 08 2019 - GLENDALE Arizona - Gila River Arena (USA)
Sun November 10 2019 - DENVER Colorado - Pepsi Center - Denver (USA)
Mon November 11 2019 - SALT LAKE CITY Utah - Vivint Smart Home Arena (USA)
Thu November 14 2019 - OAKLAND California - Oracle Arena (USA)
Sat November 16 2019 - ANAHEIM California - Honda Center (USA)
Sun November 17 2019 - ANAHEIM California - Honda Center (USA)
Wed November 20 2019 - LOS ANGELES California - Forum - Los Angeles (USA)
Thu November 21 2019 - LOS ANGELES California - Forum - Los Angeles (USA)

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