Album Review: Tyler Posey – Drugs

Tyler Posey is a California based actor and musician, this isn’t the first time I’ve reviewed him either, you can check out my review of his band Five North here, and my reviews of his solo music here, here and here. I was inspired to check back in with Posey because he’s back on set filming a movie based on the hit MTV series Teen Wolf where he played Scott McCall. I am obviously super excited about this project but until then I’ll just need to tide myself over with rewatching the show and obviously listening to Posey’s music. Speaking of which, I’ve reviewed fellow Teen Wolf alum Arden Cho’s music and if you want to check that out then click here. Today, however, I will be reviewing his album ‘Drugs’ which was released on September 8th 2021. 

‘Someone Else’s Dream’ kicks off with strings, carrying us forward into a heavy, high energy drum section, which both serve to support Posey’s vocals. I’ve talked about it before but he has a perfect punk voice, a nice blend of highs and lows, so that he has the range to really belt it out. This is a great opening track, with a lot of energy and passion that really works, plus the song itself shows Posey’s vulnerability at the same time. 

‘Sober’ has a slower, more developed bass intro that edges into a faster, harder percussion section and Posey just lets go, you feel the intensity of the delivery, and you get caught up in the high energy, and beat of the track. I already knew I liked Posey’s music, but with each new entry, especially on this solo album I am increasingly impressed by his skill, passion and by his ability to introduce something decent and fresh into the genre. 

‘Don’t Try And Fix Me’ blends in slower, more melodic elements which not only give us a chance to hear more of Posey’s range and vocal skills but it counterpoints the heavier, bass and percussion driven sections really well. I like that Posey isn’t afraid of just letting go, he’s putting a lot of himself into his performance and that’s a large part of why it works so much. 

‘Happy’ is a track I’ve already talked about here on Off the Record. It’s a superb track, intense and high energy, balanced by sections which are more subdued and melodic. It has a really great hook that gets stuck in your head and you find yourself just getting caught up in the frenzied guitars and before you know it 2 minutes and 23 seconds have gone by. 

‘Kerosene’ changes things up a little, it doesn’t really sound like the other tracks so far, but it still works well as part of the greater whole of the album and again I have to compliment Posey, he’s not a one note performer, and sure his vocals are well suited to the harder vocals of punk rock singing, he’s not without a softer, melodic side. He manages to blend in both in his performances to great success. I think this track is my personal favourite on the album, it’s the most fully realised track, the best balance of vocal styles and the catchiest beat, but it was very close because there is not a weak track on the album. 

‘Shut Up (ft. Phem & Travis Barker)’ to follow on from my last statement, is a very close second in terms of my personal favourites on the album. I loved the vocal addition of Phem who is also an incredibly talented vocalist, whose voice adds an additional depth and richness to the melody. Speaking of which, the drummer talents of Travis Barker are on top form in this track. 

‘Past Life’ finishes things up with another powerful number, you can feel all of Posey’s angst and his past difficulties, it really sums up the journey we’ve went through with him during this album and it’s an amazingly strong song to end what has been an awesome album. 

So that’s what I thought of Tyler Posey’s album ‘Drugs’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Spotify. While you’re at it, make sure and support the artist by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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