Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” Review


Republic Records

This the cover to Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” The album sold 489,000 units in the first week of release.

Keelin Davis, Copy Editor

From hardcore guitar solos to hard hitting bass, Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” takes you on a wild ride through the life of a rockstar. 

“Hollywood’s Bleeding”, Malone’s third album, was released on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. It debuted at number one on the Billboard music charts. The album was critically acclaimed and some believe this may be his best outing yet.

The album opens up with the title track, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” with what seems to be a lullaby inspired hook, which quickly turns into a hard hitting, trap beat. Throughout the track, Malone explores the corruption of Hollywood and the negatives that come with fame. The opening track provides a promising start to the 17 track album.

Some other high points of the album include the DaBaby assisted track, “Enemies,” and the track “Take What You Want” featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott. “Enemies” focuses on everyone in Malone’s life who has done him wrong and switched on him since his newfound fame. “Take What You Want” opens with a heartfelt hook sung by Osbourne that leads into a dark, mesmerizing verse from Malone who dives deep into a relationship turned toxic and the repercussions of it. 

Towards the middle of the album, at the project’s strongest point, the track “I’m Gonna Be” is the biggest standout. Malone pours all of his heart and soul into this triumphant and inspiring song that gives the listener a strong sense of freedom and relief. 

This project also has its low points and inconsistencies. Tracks like “Saint-Tropez,” “A Thousand Bad Times,” “Circles” and “Die For Me” all sound very effortless and mainstream and lack effective songwriting. Others like “Staring at the Sun” with SZA and “Internet” sound very corny and it breaks up the flow and theme of the album as a whole.

Overall, the project was mediocre and struggled to stay consistent with the theme and it’s title. The overused pop sound can be found on almost every track on the album and almost seems to mask its high points by the time you listen all the way through. It failed to top his previous projects in quality but this album is and will be a commercial success.

I rate Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” a 6/10.