The divisive pop star still gets bogged down in melancholy, but the charm of Post Malone’s third album is in his versatile voice and his ability to make a great hook inside pretty much any song.
The follow-up to 2018’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” mostly goes to softer places, but he still wants to nurture his bad-boy side, too.
First week projections for Post Malone’s third studio album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, have arrived. According to HITS Daily Double, Post’s latest project is expected to debut in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts, projected to move 450,000 to 500,000 equivalent album units, with 190,000 to 215,000 coming from pure sales. This makes the project the artist’s second album to debut at No. 1 and the second largest debut of 2019 following Taylor Swift.Then again,
In 2019 Malone has managed to keep his head down and nose clean of old controversies such as cultural appropriation charges, or of choosing Dylan lyrics over hip-hop texts, does not hurt when it comes to the clearer, gentler focus of “Hollywood’s Bleeding.”
tto voce is as round as his face, and just as comforting.
In pop, there’s no better thing to be than a comfort. Happily, Post still has to have a call, a tic, a hint of rap’s danger to merit the tattoos and what they should represent. So like Drake — whom Malone emulates in one of the new songs, “Wow,” with its sinewy, reed-thin melody, talking bridges and icy breeziness — Post owns and operates the refined trap-pop vibe, the polished gem of hip-hop.