Post Malone Drops “Hollywood’s Bleeding” to critical acclaim

Post Malone's new album is gathering both the praise of fans and critics.

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Post Malone's new album is gathering both the praise of fans and critics.

Nick Holt, Staff writer

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Released on Sept. 6, the highly anticipated Hollywood’s Bleeding, hit all streaming services last week. Post Malone’s third studio album consists of features by music legends Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Halsey, and more.

After listening to the album for the first time, I was immediately impressed, starting with the first song “Hollywood’s Bleeding” and ending with worldwide favorite “Wow.” On “Congratulations,” a song from his previous album the artist used the track to share some of his deepest feelings, but flexed his wealth.  On tracks “Internet,” and “Goodbyes” feat. Young Thug, Post Malone returns to deep thoughts and emotions from previous events in his life. He then combats those tracks with “Saint-Tropez,” a song where he flexes all of his many luxuries in life, blatantly stating in the song, “50 carats on my fist,” bragging about his jewelry collection.

My personal favorite, “Take What You Want,” feat. Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott, is definitely one of Post’s best songs of his career. Starting off with Osbourne setting the tone with his guitar, singing an emotional hook really gives the song a memorable intro.  The record then picks up as it hits Malone’s first verse, smoothly flowing into the chorus. Some say the best part of the song follows, as it’s  Scott’s turn for a verse.  In my opinion, Scott, nicknamed “La Flame,”  absolutely crushes his verse, complementing Post and Ozzy’s voices extremely well.  The song then concludes with Ozzy and Post singing the chorus one final time, and ends with a beautiful Ozzy  guitar solo.  In an interview with Spotify, Post Malone spoke about how honored he was to work with Osbourne and how proud he is of his new songs.

“A super talented friend of mine, Andrew Watt, told me Ozzy wanted to do a song with me, but I did not think it would actually happen,” Malone said. “After my recent tour ended, I got a FaceTime from Ozzy & Watt and now it is a smash hit! What an explosion!”  

I would rate Hollywood’s Bleeding a very high 9/10.  I did not really think there was a bad song on the album. The nine isn’t for what he did, it was more of what he didn’t do which lost him the 10/10 rating.  I felt he was missing a few features, for example, 21 Savage. The two are a prolific duo, known for their 2018 hit, “rockstar,” which won the Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Song and the MTV Video Music Award for Song of the Year. But, Post did make up for the absence of the feature with various top tier records. The songs are targeted toward a teenage or young adult audience, and many feel the album is one of their favorites so far.

“I really enjoyed listening to the album, it definitely had some hits,” sophomore Nick Caramico said. “I would have to say my favorite song was ‘Allergic’.”

Post Malone’s album is available everywhere and he is currently on the Runaway Tour with artists Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh.  Make sure you give Hollywood’s Bleeding a listen and maybe buy a ticket or two to see him perform the songs live.

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