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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the rapper features a track from the 2018 animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as well as guest appearances from DaBaby, Future, Halsey, Meek Mill, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, SZA, and Young Thug.
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On The Road
'Cause they ain't never seein' me fold under pressure They ain't ever, ever seen me fold, not never Always keep one up on 'em, 'cause I'm too... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sep 6, 2019
    82
    A cushier, dammed near respectable take on his usual tortured soul-wronged mien, with enough caramel sweetness in a majority of its melodies to differentiate his past from his present.
  2. Sep 11, 2019
    80
    Even when he is stretching the boundaries of his sound, as he does in several places on “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” the results feel the opposite of experimental. When you’re an omnivore taking a mortar and pestle to six decades of pop music history and turning it into a smooth slurry, it’s nigh impossible to shock. ... Whatever someone might be hoping to find is in there somewhere. Post Malone is emotional tofu, a skill, not an accident. ... His ambiguity is of an elevated, refined sort.
  3. As Post tries new sounds on for size, some git better than others. Sometime it feels as though he’s still trying to figure this out as he goes. But it’s when he keeps things simple and goes beyond the clichés that he feels most like himself. ... Hollywood’s Bleeding is a playlist made for these times. It’s going to be huge.
  4. Sep 18, 2019
    80
    More well-executed than his previous releases and undeniably catchy, Hollywood's Bleeding is a huge step forward for the guarded superstar, one that doesn't sacrifice the essential elements that made him such a surprise hitmaker, and pushes him even further into the pop-savvy landscape where he belongs.
  5. Sep 9, 2019
    70
    Post Malone still provides us with a sprinkling of the classics: bitches, butts and Millie on wrists, it’s appeasing. But for the most part, he created an insightful and eclectic record which is a testament to his versatility and willingness to do exactly what he wants.
  6. Sep 10, 2019
    68
    When he’s not wasting time trying to glower, he proves himself surprisingly versatile. ... There are a lot of guests on Hollywood’s Bleeding, and all of them sound engaged.
  7. Sep 11, 2019
    67
    It will be a surprise to learn which tracks aren’t singles yet; there’s at least five more hits to be spawned from this thing, and we’ll never hear the end of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 97
  2. Negative: 14 out of 97
  1. Nov 26, 2019
    10
    Love that album !! Post is one the best of out generation. Good music ❤️❤️❤️
  2. Jan 3, 2021
    10
    Great album, post malone is one of the Best artist at present, every song is simply amazing
  3. Sep 6, 2019
    10
    This album contains as many gems as beerbongs & bentleys, but what makes this album one of the best of 2019 is the cohesion that was improvedThis album contains as many gems as beerbongs & bentleys, but what makes this album one of the best of 2019 is the cohesion that was improved from the aforementioned album, the dark-pop scopes mixed with hopeful beats that also combine with heartbreak tracks. This being his most diverse album, Post has quite possibly solidified his status as a hit maker with a vision; a vision that includes stories to tell and messages to send. The highlights include Hollywood’s Bleeding, Saint-Tropez, Enemies ft. DaBaby, Allergic, Die For Me ft. Future & Halsey, On the Road ft. Meek Mill & Lil Baby, Take What You Want ft. Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott, I’m Gonna Be, Staring at the Sun ft. SZA, Sunflower w/Swae Lee, Internet, Goodbyes ft. Young Thug, Myself, I Know, and “Wow.”; honestly. 9/10 = A Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2019
    9
    This is a timeless album. Post Malone has proven that he is here to stay and be better. All songs are hits.
  5. Dec 14, 2019
    8
    Enjoyed listening to this album. Versatile styles of music embodied in 1 cohesive record. It was a little bit more rock influenced than theEnjoyed listening to this album. Versatile styles of music embodied in 1 cohesive record. It was a little bit more rock influenced than the last album which didnt appeal to me. But all in all very good album for long trips. Expand
  6. Sep 16, 2019
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Something about this new Post Malone that just feels like The Weeknd. Except, with a little less seasoning, more gentrification and a bit watery. Not just Post's lyrics, the beats too. It just sounds like if you took the spoiled kids of Beverly Hills and gave them "Trap". i'm not knocking it at all. I assume that was the whole point. Which is why I have to say it's actually pretty damn good. On a scale of convenience stores, recent releases from DaBaby, and Young Thug are like your cities super famous delis while Post Malone is more like a 711. In that same context, I rate it a solid 10 stars. However, music is not limited to that context so let's take a further look.

    Opening up with a song titled after the album, Hollywood's Bleeding, we get some washed out blues guitar and howling similar to Kanye's Wolves. "Hollywood's Bleeding, Vampires feeding, darkness turns to dusk...". The opening lines and vibe all together feels again (I hate to make this comparison) very much like The Weekend. The song is a dark ode to the lost boys chasing highs because they're feeling low. Embracing the beauty of his own misery and accepting the lifestyle will sum this track up. I think the strong suit of this song is the melody. The 808s on the drop just don't hit as hard as they do on any of the genres top contenders at the moment and the next piece of the song goes into Lana Del Rey territory with no motive or originality. Which is kind of consistent throughout the whole album. It's just all so familiar.

    Not much really stands out about this record which is totally fine. Music is not always, and can't always be revolutionary, groundbreaking, or innovative. However that doesn't mean this record doesn't have it's tricks up its sleeve. Nearly a third of the way through, we are taken by surprise when pop-punk meets hip-hop and r&b delivered in a way never before. Allergic is a stunning fusion to be referenced for the future by artists hoping to make happy go-lucky pop-punk vibes into a sandwich hip-hop fans can eat. This is a one of one. although the next track A Thousand Bad Times has a similar vibe, Allergic is the one diamond in the coal mine.

    All in all Post Malone's songwriting is extremely simple, relying heavily on melody. He's extremely bland lyrically while trying to be relatable and emotional. The whole album is seriously lacking in that department and the melodically speaking; the cliche melody's are exhausted from holding the weight that all other elements of songwriting should be carrying. The album is enjoyable, has a moment, but unless you're 14 and aren't musically experienced then there's nothing to marvel at here. Which is why I compared it to 711. It's amazing, and great for what it is, it's just that what it is, is quick, convenient and not made with much purpose. Just depends on what your standards are and how cultured you are. I enjoyed the album although at 17 songs, it's a bit of a drag and one trick pony. By todays hip-hop standards and for delivering it's intent, I'll call it an 8. Against all music ever, 3.
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  7. Mar 8, 2020
    0
    post malone is not even CLOSE to hip hop so ZERO HE even said he aint a rapper why would u put it in this section? either way he sucks n realpost malone is not even CLOSE to hip hop so ZERO HE even said he aint a rapper why would u put it in this section? either way he sucks n real repetitive Expand

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