Pop music can be a barren field for experimentation that often makes music lovers opt for another genre because of its repetitiveness and lack of character. An artist who is really able break this stereotype and add some depth and hip-hop to genre, however, is Jon Bellion. One thing that is so unique about his music is the diversity in his choice for instrumentation as well as his ability to blend pop beats with an overlay of hip-hop and rap. Many of today’s artists prefer using a computerized beat, handing over most of the spotlight to their vocals, but in Bellion’s case, he really cares about the diversity of instruments and the layers of sound and genre in his music.
It’s clear that Bellion has no interest in making his music “radio-friendly” just for the sake of fame. He already found commercial success with “All Time Low,” and seems to not be starving for more attention. He is simply interested in creating real songs with moving lyrics and musicians who can play off of those feelings to create emotional pieces that are somehow not too heavy to binge over and over. The word “glory” in Glory Sounds Prep truly encapsulates the depth of Bellion’s work and it almost feels like there is going to be more to the story here. It almost feels like Glory Sound Prep is a jumping off point for an entire Jon Bellion created and curated adventure in music. It feels (and sounds) big.
The album itself flaunts 10 tracks adding up to a total running time of 40 minutes and each tracks sounds distinct. His multidimensional songwriting is a bonus to his impeccable delivery (whether it be mellow falsetto highs or rapping) in each song. When listening to a Bellion album, you can tell that he is a perfectionist and this album makes that even clearer. No string was left loose in this record. You can see how Bellion and his team carefully engineer Stupid Deep in the recording studio in his behind the scenes video below:
Throughout the course of the album, I never felt a sense of boredom nor did I zone out as one can do when listening to an album all the way through. There is never a single moment where I had to force myself to listen to his songs. Instead, my mind was compelling me to put the album on repeat as I needed more and even wished there were more tracks. Definitely an AOTY contender and surely a remarkable album that very well fills an industry demand for good music.
If I had to score it, it’s a 10 out of 10. Go listen. You won’t be disappointed.
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