Machine Gun Kelly Tickets to My Downfall
Vinyl LP Details
- Released: October 2, 2020
- Originally Released: 2020
- Label: Interscope Records
Rolling Stone3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On TICKETS TO MY DOWNFALL he tries a new gambit that works surprisingly well, switching to late-Nineties/early-2000s pop punk, with Blink 182's Travis Barker producing and playing drums."
Entertainment Weekly3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[O]n TICKETS TO MY DOWNFALL he tries a new gambit that works surprisingly well, switching to late-Nineties/early-2000s pop punk, with Blink 182's Travis Barker producing and playing drums."
NME (Magazine)"[A] love letter to all things punk rock. The self-aware title knows that this move is a risk but the confidence in painting that target on his own back is also what makes this record so brilliant."
Pitchfork (Website) - "Halsey's vocals soar on the angsty breakup jam 'forget me too,' which might work as a show tune if it didn't rock so hard. 'bloody valentine' is a winningly bittersweet ballad anchored by a sober bassline..."
Though his 2019 album Hotel Diablo mostly continued the commercial rap style that made Machine Gun Kelly famous, the record closed with "I Think I'm Okay," a melodic rock song featuring guest appearances from U.K. vocalist YUNGBLUD and blink-182's Travis Barker. The catchy tune injected Machine Gun Kelly's emotionally raw lyricism into a template of spirited guitar-driven pop-punk and it became a huge hit. For fifth album Tickets to My Downfall, Machine Gun Kelly commits fully to the pop-punk style that was hinted at with "I Think I'm Okay," making a bold-faced turn from moody rap songs to blasts of distorted guitar, uptempo drums, and vocal harmonies right out of the early-2000s mall punk playbook. Travis Barker is again a frequent collaborator, producing the album as well as contributing drums and occasionally co-writing some songs. This direct association might be part of why Tickets to My Downfall sounds inarguably enamored with blink-182, with songs like "Bloody Valentine," pained ballad "Play This When I'm Gone," and the explosive "Title Track" following blink's blueprint of straightforward melodies, huge hooks, and cathartic choruses. The rap elements of the past aren't completely scrubbed clean, with trap drums added to the mix of tunes like "Drunk Face," and cameo appearances from rappers like Trippie Redd and Blackbear. Even still, when Trippie Redd shows up on "All I Know," he's not rapping as much as singing some melodic lines that play nicely with the emo-rock format of the song. The themes of self-destruction, tainted romance, and struggles with depression that were often visited on Machine Gun Kelly's earlier material translate seamlessly from tormented rap to heart-aching pop-punk. Songs like the lovelorn and dramatic "My Ex's Best Friend" might have a delivery that's worlds away from the brooding rap he's known for, but he's still singing about the same problems as always. The profound stylistic upset of Tickets to My Downfall will leave some listeners flat, simply because what they enjoyed about Machine Gun Kelly as a rapper might be harder to find in his pop-punk songs. For those willing to come along for the ride, the album serves as a sincere and somewhat nostalgic embrace of pop-punk from the Myspace era. Machine Gun Kelly's personality is still at the heart of every song, even when trading 808 beats for crunchy guitar riffs. While some songs are more interesting than others and some tend too close to blink-182 worship, Tickets to My Downfall succeeds more than it falters. While it would rank as a slightly above average album for any given pop-punk band, there's an added excitement in how risky this about-face is for a multi-platinum artist who could have easily turned in the same record he made last time. ~ Fred Thomas
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