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  • Artist(s): Josh Dun, Tyler Joseph
  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Ohio duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun was co-produced by Paul Meany.
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Nico and the Niners
East is up I'm fearless when I hear this on the low East is up I'm careless when I wear my rebel clothes East is up When Bishops come together they... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Oct 8, 2018
    90
    Although Trench requires a few spins to really register, it's ultimately rewarding and fully immersive, delivering a depth and gravity at which Twenty One Pilots only hinted on Blurryface.
  2. Trench is the sound of a band ratcheting up the ambition without ever being pulled down by an undertow of pretentiousness. It’s more low-key than ‘Blurryface’, but ultimately more rewarding.
  3. Kerrang!
    Oct 11, 2018
    80
    Some of the year's catchiest most accessible alt. pop tunes of the year speaks volumes of the level upon which they're operating here. [13 Oct 2018, p.54]
  4. Oct 8, 2018
    70
    Instead of emotive kids turning the radio dials, Trench has more of a cohesive sound and feel.
  5. Oct 12, 2018
    70
    The album hangs together thanks to an increased maturity in the thematic content and production.
  6. Oct 9, 2018
    70
    Take my recommendation and forget about the most deeply conceptual parts of this concept album--which just seems like a lot of work--and enjoy the many parts of Trench that don’t require a thirst for symbolic origin stories. There are plenty of these, like “Morph” and “My Blood,” which sport falsetto R&B hooks, somewhat in the tradition of the previous album’s best track, “Heavydirtysoul.”
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
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  1. Oct 10, 2018
    10
    Their best album so far, a cohesive, introspective and beautiful album with a really cool concept and story.
  2. Oct 11, 2018
    10
    A pleasant journey in the Trench universe. Though you may not love it at the first listen, from the second on you can feel the depths in theA pleasant journey in the Trench universe. Though you may not love it at the first listen, from the second on you can feel the depths in the lyrics and understand the diversity of the sounds in this album. This time Tyler Joseph decides to chain every single song to the others to create a concept album about struggle against depression and anxiety, without getting too far away from the very essence of Twenty One Pilots. Expand
  3. Oct 13, 2018
    10
    El album es hermoso, tiene todo para ser alabado por los críticos; buen concepto, narrativa, coros, sonidos y líricas fuerte, el mejor de TOP
  4. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    Although Trench is a concept album, it doesn't require you to understand the story for you to enjoy it. One thing I can say is that this isAlthough Trench is a concept album, it doesn't require you to understand the story for you to enjoy it. One thing I can say is that this is their most cohesive album yet. The sound, the instrumentation, the lyricism show a more mature side of them. I still can't figure what my favourite song on this album but the 3 strong contenders are Neon Gravestones, Bandito, Chlorine and My Blood. Expand
  5. Nov 2, 2018
    9
    Trench is such a MAJOR improvement from the band's previous releases. If they continue towards this direction in making music, they might justTrench is such a MAJOR improvement from the band's previous releases. If they continue towards this direction in making music, they might just be one of the best mainstream musical acts out there.

    I haven't listened to their debut album yet, but both Vessel and Blurryface were underwhelming to me. Both were just emo mainstream pop-rock disposable collection of songs that aren't cohesive enough. In Trench, not only did top improve their sound, but they also improved here in terms of tracklisting; the album is consistent and cohesive enough to be taken seriously. Also, unlike the two previous album, this album actually has less cringeworthy lyrics and these lyrics are actually interesting and make the album more effective than it already is instrumental-wise. Too bad the album ends on a cliffhanger, since I was actually invested with the album. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm legitimately excited to see what twenty one pilots does next.

    Trench is twenty on pilots' best record to date, and I hope they can only ascend in quality from here.

    Favorite Tracks: Jumpsuit, Levitate, Morph, My Blood, Chlorine, Smithereens, Nico and the Niners, Bandito, and Pet Cheetah.
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  6. Oct 9, 2018
    9
    Trench is a new approach on this multi-genre style that Twenty one pilots has, with new, more mature lyrics, and melodies we never seenTrench is a new approach on this multi-genre style that Twenty one pilots has, with new, more mature lyrics, and melodies we never seen before. This time it looks like Tyler and Josh wasn't aiming for just radio hits, but to really express themselves on this album. That's why i really like it. This is a lot more closer to what twenty one pilots really is than blurryface. For me this is their best work so far, and made me a even bigger fan. 9/10

    Best songs: Jumpsuit, Morph, My blood, chlorine, Nico and the niners, Pet cheetah
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  7. Oct 18, 2018
    4
    I don't like the new direction. I love all their previous albums, but this one has gone way too R&B for me me. How critics can rate thisI don't like the new direction. I love all their previous albums, but this one has gone way too R&B for me me. How critics can rate this higher than Blurryface with a straight face is beyond me. Expand

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