Long-awaited Post Malone album Beerbongs & Bentleys finally dropped on Friday 27th April. Originally promised a project last year, Posty delayed the release to make sure he was 100% happy with the album he released. He gave plenty of fans a heart attack with this tweet 20 minutes before the album was due to be released:
Thankfully, it was a joke, and Beerbongs & Bentleys dropped as planned.
Before listening, the first thing I love about this project is it’s length: 18 songs. To me this says that Post Malone has put time and effort into this album, and I appreciate that. He hasn’t just released a substandard, minimum effort album to appease fans and get money, but this is something he’s proud of and has put the effort into. On the tracklist we see hit singles ‘Psycho (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)’ and ‘Rockstar (Feat. 21 Savage)’, as well as other prereleased single, ‘Candy Paint’. This means we have 15 new songs to look forward to, including features from Swae Lee, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy and YG.
The album starts strongly with Paranoid, and sets us up for what to expect from the rest of the album: incredible instrumentals coupled with Posty’s trademark vocals and lyricism presents this emotional song, reminiscent of ‘I Fall Apart’ from previous project Stoney.
Second we have the Swae Lee feature, ‘Spoil My Night’. Malone and Lee’s voices compliment each other really well on this upbeat collaborative track. If this song is anything to go by we need these two to link up again.
Up next is ‘Rich & Sad’ in which the title speaks for itself. As Post Malone does so well, his voice really portrays the the pain of the lyrics in this song. He talks about hard times with his relationships and money, and you feel every word.
‘Zack And Codeine’ is the fourth track, named after and referencing Disney Channel show ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ with the main line ‘Man my life so sweet I feel like Cody’. For that line alone, this song get a high rating from me.
The next song ‘Takin’ Shots’ is a classic ‘partying and girls’ song, Posty rapping about his partying lifestyle. Notable lyric in this one? ‘Got me speakin’ drunkanese can you translate?’. That’s a word we need in the dictionary.
‘Rockstar’, next on the album, needs no introduction. Previous song ‘Takin’ Shots’ definitely ups the energy on the album and ‘Rockstar’ keeps that going. You can’t help but dance and sing along to this one… but you all knew that already.
Seventh we have ‘Over Now’. As the title suggests Post Malone discusses an ended relationship, and doesn’t hold back about how he feels about this girl. (Hint: he doesn’t like her all too much – see ‘I don’t give a f*ck if you’re offended’).
‘Psycho’ comes in next, and much like ‘Rockstar’, you know all about this track already. This part of the album keeps the upbeat tempo going as we approach mid-way through the project. ‘Damn my AP going psycho…’
The next song, ‘Better Now’ is my personal favourite so far of the previously unreleased songs. The chorus is so hype and catchy, and is definitely single material. Keep your eye out for this one.
‘Ball For Me’, featuring Nicki Minaj, comes in at tenth on the tracklist. This is a really good collaboration, with Nicki’s on form for her verse, and with these two artists this good, you’re too busy vibing to realise they’re just bragging about how great they are.
‘Otherside’ is next. This song is as smooth as they come, seamless vocals and instrumental making a very pleasant listening experience.
Post Malone throws a curveball at number twelve with ‘Stay’. The acoustic guitar in the background for a start, and Malone goes pure vocals for this one. It’s a surprise, but really, really good. This, as with Paranoid, has real ‘I Fall Apart’ levels of emotion. Don’t listen unless you want to have your emotions all over the place.
‘Blame It On Me’ continues the slowed-down beat that ‘Stay’ brought back to the album. Post Malone battles with himself as he switches between blaming himself for the consequences of fame and saying it’s not his own fault.
G-Eazy and YG feature on the next track ‘Same Bitches’. Both the features are brilliant on this, bringing a whole new vibe to the album. The lyrics might not be deep and meaningful, but the instrumental and rapping is so good that once again, who cares? Love this one.
Next up is a short 2-minute interlude called ‘Jonestown’. Not sure what to say about this. It’s definitely an interlude, a million miles from what we’ve just heard on ‘Same Bitches’. Have a listen and see what you think.
’92 Explorer’ is 16th on the album. Really like the chorus in this song, ‘ooh baby, ooh baby, go on keep it spinnin”. A very solid track from Post Malone here, named after his beloved customised 1992 Ford Explorer, which was also potentially the inspiration for the next song on the album too…
…which is already-familiar track ‘Candy Paint’. I absolutely love this song, every aspect of which seems to be nailed by Malone. A song that builds up to a point where you can’t help but dance to it, its very re-listenable. As with any Post Malone song, its the instrumental and vocals that make it, and they’re so good on this one.
Finally, Beerbongs and Bentleys is rounded up with ‘Sugar Wraith’. Post Malone really likes his cars; this one named after his Rolls Royce Wraith. This is a really strong end to the album, with a particularly enjoyable trademark Posty song.
This is a fantastic project from Post Malone and really exceeded my expectations. He shows – and excels in – many different sounds and styles, all the while keeping the consistency of flawless instrumentals and vocals. The album moves from slow, emotional songs, to the more upbeat, hyped style bound to get you dancing that we know so well. I would highly recommend this; if you’re a Post Malone album, you have no choice in the matter… you’ll love it. If you’re unfamiliar with his music, I’d say this does represent his versatility as an artist very well, and would be worth a listen to see what all the fuss is about. Don’t forget to listen to his brilliant previous music too. With this great album, Post Malone’s world domination continues…
Listen to the album on Spotify here.