Twenty One Pilots, Trench (Fueled by Ramen) FOUR STARS

BLURRYFACE, the fourth album by energetic midwest duo Twenty One Pilots, was the breakthrough which garnered them a performance Grammy and zillions of fans, keeping them on the road for 13 months and 123 shows. It sold more than 1.5 million copies in the States alone and won universal praise for its mix of genres, from reggae and hip-hop to pop, rock and indie.

Quite an act to follow up, but drummer Josh Dun and frontman and songwriter Tyler Joseph have just about pulled it off with Trench.

Keeping to type (if it ain't broke, why fix it?), the new work is a melange of musical styles and an array of insanely catchy reprises and choruses. Joseph maxes out on his falsetto on plenty of occasions too, which is very pleasing.

At 14 tracks, this is great value for fans, and the standouts have to be the single Jumpsuit; Morph with its hip-hop rap that segues into a soulful melody; the calypso-esque Cut My Lip, and the ballad, Leave The City. It's bound to sell millions and their "Bandito Tour" kicks off next spring.

Maxine Gordon

the album takes influence from various genres, including hip hop, rock, pop, reggae, and indie music

complimented its themes and musical diversity.

The album has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States as of April 2017.[9] In 2018, Blurryface became the first album in history to have every track receive at least a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.