Album Review: Post Malone – ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’
22 year old singer/rapper Post Malone has hovered in the charts since his rise to fame in 2010, with “White Iverson.” After signing with Republic Records, 2016 saw the release of his debut studio album, Stoney, which debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. Malone continued to claim his spot at the top of the charts when he premiered “Psycho,” the first single off Beerbongs & Bentleys.
Arguably one of most quickly growing artists in the country, Malone broke records with the release of Beerbongs & Bentleys. The LP broke the record for first day streams and was certified platinum within four days of its release.
Perhaps the reason Malone’s music is so wildly popular is that it has no bounds. Seamlessly blending genres and pulling inspiration from classic artists such as Bob Dylan, he sets no limits for himself. Post Malone is met with criticism from all angles, yet he continues to do his thing, and it’s undeniably working.
Beerbongs & Bentleys presents 18 tracks of infectious beats, grungy vibes, and euphonic vocals. A congruous follow up to Stoney, the LP maintains Malone’s signature style while maintaining growth. From the start, the opening track “Paranoid” hooks the listener with a shadowy aura and a harmonic chorus. The album then delves into the party-esque vibes of drinking, late nights, and good times with songs like “Spoil My Night,” “Takin’ Shots,” and “Zack and Codeine,” which has been noted to be a reference to the Disney show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
Post Malone took heartbreak by the throat and made a banger out of it with “Better Now,” one of the album’s strongest tracks. The endemic beats refuse to slow, hooking listeners from beginning to end.
Many fans were hoping for another airy jam like “I Fall Apart” off Stoney. Malone delivered on Beerbongs & Bentleys with “Stay.” The calm acoustic stylings serve as a pleasant divergence from the party atmosphere throughout the album.
The album picks back up with “Same Bitches,” featuring G-Eazy and YG. Malone picked the perfect guest features for this song. G-Eazy’s style flows effortlessly with Malone’s, and YG adds an extra edge to make the song stand out. If there’s a song on this album that will be played at every college party this summer, it’s this one for sure.
Beerbongs & Bentleys is full of bangers, but it’s not to say it’s perfect. Although it’s nice to see Malone is consistent in his style, some songs come off as repetitive and forgetful. “92 Explorer,” “Blame It On Me,” and “Sugar Wraith” just seem to boast repetitive beats and fail to stick out from the rest of the album.
Post Malone has reclaimed his spot at the top of the charts with Beerbongs & Bentleys. The album blazons his trademark style while growing in a new direction. 18 songs take the listener through a Cali-inspired living free lifestyle, while maintaining that eerie grunge present in many of his songs. A fan or not, you can’t deny Post Malone is rapidly becoming one of the most influential artists in the game, and he doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon.