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  • Artist(s): Josh Dun, Tyler Joseph
  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Ohio duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun was co-produced by Paul Meany.
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Nico and the Niners
East is up I'm fearless when I hear this on the low East is up I'm careless when I wear my rebel clothes East is up When Bishops come together they... See the rest of the song lyrics

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Oct 8, 2018
    90
    Although Trench requires a few spins to really register, it's ultimately rewarding and fully immersive, delivering a depth and gravity at which Twenty One Pilots only hinted on Blurryface.
  2. Trench is the sound of a band ratcheting up the ambition without ever being pulled down by an undertow of pretentiousness. It’s more low-key than ‘Blurryface’, but ultimately more rewarding.
  3. Kerrang!
    Oct 11, 2018
    80
    Some of the year's catchiest most accessible alt. pop tunes of the year speaks volumes of the level upon which they're operating here. [13 Oct 2018, p.54]
  4. Oct 8, 2018
    70
    Instead of emotive kids turning the radio dials, Trench has more of a cohesive sound and feel.
  5. Oct 12, 2018
    70
    The album hangs together thanks to an increased maturity in the thematic content and production.
  6. Oct 9, 2018
    70
    Take my recommendation and forget about the most deeply conceptual parts of this concept album--which just seems like a lot of work--and enjoy the many parts of Trench that don’t require a thirst for symbolic origin stories. There are plenty of these, like “Morph” and “My Blood,” which sport falsetto R&B hooks, somewhat in the tradition of the previous album’s best track, “Heavydirtysoul.”
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
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  1. Oct 10, 2018
    10
    Their best album so far, a cohesive, introspective and beautiful album with a really cool concept and story.
  2. Oct 11, 2018
    10
    A pleasant journey in the Trench universe. Though you may not love it at the first listen, from the second on you can feel the depths in theA pleasant journey in the Trench universe. Though you may not love it at the first listen, from the second on you can feel the depths in the lyrics and understand the diversity of the sounds in this album. This time Tyler Joseph decides to chain every single song to the others to create a concept album about struggle against depression and anxiety, without getting too far away from the very essence of Twenty One Pilots. Expand
  3. Oct 10, 2018
    10
    This is entirely for the fans, or the Clique I mean. A wonderful album, after the 1 year "hiatus" this is what we wanted, and this is what weThis is entirely for the fans, or the Clique I mean. A wonderful album, after the 1 year "hiatus" this is what we wanted, and this is what we deserved Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2018
    9
    Favorite tracks from this album would probably be My Blood, Chlorine, and Legend. Better than Blurryface but not as catchy as Vessel in my opinion.
  5. Oct 11, 2018
    9
    They could just do somethin mainstream just like Blurryface, but they've come with this solid and more mature album that work extremely wellThey could just do somethin mainstream just like Blurryface, but they've come with this solid and more mature album that work extremely well toghether. Maybe their best album, but for me it's too early to say that just one week after the release. Expand
  6. Oct 9, 2018
    8
    This is a really good album. Almost great. Almost. It is a definite stepup from 'Blurryface', with everything from the chohesiveness, to theThis is a really good album. Almost great. Almost. It is a definite stepup from 'Blurryface', with everything from the chohesiveness, to the instrumentation, and vocal manioulation to lyrics, 'Trench' is above Blurryface' in quality. 'Trench' brings us much closer to who the 'Twenty One Pilots' really are. We hear melodies and lyrics we've never heard from them before, while still maintaining a good part of the original sound. The album kind of suffers towards the end, with well-produced tracks that, nonetheless, seem to drag on. In all, this is their best work so far, and I can only hope it keeps getting better. 8.5/10

    BEST: Jumpsuit, Levitate, My Blood, Morph, Chlorine, The Hype, Neon Gravestones
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  7. Oct 18, 2018
    4
    I don't like the new direction. I love all their previous albums, but this one has gone way too R&B for me me. How critics can rate thisI don't like the new direction. I love all their previous albums, but this one has gone way too R&B for me me. How critics can rate this higher than Blurryface with a straight face is beyond me. Expand

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