Album review: Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Rapper Austin Richard Post––known by his stage name Post Malone––has released one hit after another. From being told “Congratulations” for his debut album to acting like a “Rockstar” with his second, Post reveals his perspective on his fame and success throughout his third studio album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” 

Post starts off the album with the title track, reflecting on the Hollywood lifestyle and how toxic it can be. 

“In Hollywood, there is such a strange vibe to where it feels like a lot of vampires out there want to suck the life out of you,” said Post in an interview with the music streaming company, Spotify. Right from the start, the album takes a dark turn as Post talks about toxic, failed relationships with friends who have done him wrong. 

“Saint-Tropez” contrasts the title track by celebrating the fame and fortune Post has now. Because of the struggles he had to face while getting to where he is now, it seems like his life is worth celebrating. 

From listening to the first few songs, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood might not sound as great as it seems. But this belief changes when you start to listen to “A Thousand Bad Times.” 

While it may seem Post is only talking about his common experience with one-sided relationships, he is letting listeners know there are many hard times in life, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. 

“Keep your head up and keep kicking ass no matter what life throws at you,” Post told Spotify. Amidst the dark-sounding songs on the album, Post sprinkles in a few positive songs, such as “Staring at the Sun” and Sunflower.” 

You’ve probably heard “Sunflower.” It’s part of the soundtrack to the well-received 2018 animated film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Although the song has been out almost a year, it hasn’t aged at all. It is still enjoyable and is undeniably one of the best on the album. 

While the beginning and middle of the album are quite enjoyable, the last few songs don’t add much. They seem out of place and rushed as if Post was in a hurry to finish the album. Most of them are under the standard, four-minute song length. 

Some of the songs actually deserve to be longer than they originally are. 

“Internet” is a beautiful song with a theatrical-sounding backtrack that is too short to fully enjoy, and “Myself” gives Post time to reflect on his life so far with a calming, catchy backtrack. 

Two minutes doesn’t seem like an ideal time for reflecting on 24 years of your life, but he makes it work. 

Post realizes it wasn’t an easy journey to get to where he is right now, and it’s not an easy journey for anyone trying to succeed in life. 

He references this in his lyrics, “All of this American dreamin’ / Everybody’s sick of believin.’” 

The “American Dream” for most people is to be able to make it to a place in life where you can live in comfort. Post lets the listeners know there is misplaced hope within this belief, as not everyone has an equal chance at success. 

Overall, “Hollywood’s Bleeding” is a fun album despite the dark tone it gives off with the title and dark, gothic-looking cover art. 

While some songs talk about the dark side of coming into fame, there are also some pretty fun ones that look at the bright side of it. 

Post did not fail with this album. I guarantee there will be a few songs on here you end up playing on repeat.

acqn3@mail.umkc.edu

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