Off The Record – Magic Of The Music Video Special – 21st Century Liability, Yungblud

This year, we launched a brand new set of articles called The Magic of The Music Video which looks at videos that have inspired me as a Video Editor. Well, I thought I would bring that article to life in more ways then one by celebrating certain albums that some of those singles have come off of. Why do this you ask? Well, you may know the songs but may of never actually listened to the albums so welcome to this section of this feature that will happen throughout the year.  In June we featured Yungblud so today we are looking at today was the home of Medication21st Century Liability


Eulogy

This is the introduction to the actual album and whilst it is not a song and it is only 30 seconds, I think it really says something what you are about to listen to. It has an organ style piano with a priest like the person talking over the top of the music. This sets up sort of what you’re about to listen to on the album and creating a persona for YUNGBLUD which is a huge part of who he is and this is a really effective way to introduce the album as a whole.

Die For The Hype

This is the song that comes after the Eulogy and it works really well, sort of contrasting what has just been set up in the opening part of the album. It is a song with a narrative that is says on top of a really catchy acoustic style guitar and a heavy bass line.The part of the song that really reels you in is the chorus as it is quite catchy and has elements of a pop song intertwined into a rock Punk style song which is very effective. Just like a lots of his lyrics they are ones that we hear you wonder whether you want to hear more as they are quite provocative the same time very effective and you can tell that he is a very good lyric writer. It’s quite an uplifting song when you listen to it even though the lyrics are a tad dark which feels like it contradicts itself but it works incredibly well.

Machine Gun

When you first hear this song you don’t know what to make of it and I can concur because this is exactly how I felt when I first heard it and also wasn’t sure of it. However, the more you hear it the more addictive this becomes the more you appreciate the notes are being sung. When you first hear the lyrics you feel that it could be glorifying gums. However, when you listen to it more again, we realized that it’s actually quite cleverly written. It was doing the complete opposite raising awareness. When you listen to other songs by the artist and also going to watch the music video you start to realize that that they are promoting no guns in schools or no guns in general. This song is very much a paradox of those lyrics Away from the lyrics to this song the musical composition is very addictive and whether or not you like the lyrics the actual song really engaging has a really catchy chorus.

Anarchist

This song starts off very slow and focuses on the acoustic guitar against the lyrics. This simple melody really makes you listen to the words and creates drama when the actual bass starts to kick in. The music creates a sense of lost and bewilderment as it goes along with the lyrics. The word Anarchist is repeated a lot in this song and is done for impact and it works really well.The best part of this over me personally is the piano melody in the low Octave as it creates this really repetitive yet dramatic undertone to this song. This song feels like it has sort of a fight back to it and also mixes really well with the sense of lost and bewilderment.

21st Century Liability

This is the last song on the album and it’s also acts a little bit like Marmite you and either love it or you hate it. It starts with a phone call being answered and then kicks into a really catchy. Yeah, maybe some will argue or could sound of a instrument you don’t hear very often research this.This song has a really interesting which make it really stand out on this album. It feels like it’s mixing the elements of rock Punk and also some pop that you would have seen around in the late 90’s. One part of the song that you may hate is the part where Yungblud sings and really high-pitched voice . I think it is a very creative addition to the song and sort of emphasizes the words that are being sung in the song. It’s one of those things that you can’t like straight away, you have to listen to it over and over again to really appreciate the composition of this song. However, once you get past the dislike you become very addicted to the song and it’s a great end to an album and it completely reflects why this album is named after this song it works.

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