Updated: Aug 3, 2021
TICKETS TO MY DOWNFALL
MACHINE GUN KELLY
SEPTEMBER 25, 2020
BAD BOY/INTERSCOPE RECORDS
Considering the current state of entertainment news in 2020, if you haven’t heard what Machine Gun Kelly has been up to during the pandemic, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Or spending more time out in public instead of stuck inside, staring at your phone swiping aimlessly through Tinder like we’re supposed to be doing.
MGK spent most of the year flexing his diverse chops and emerged as quarantine’s biggest entertainment surprises. From filling our feed with live streams to dropping badass covers, MGK has been saving us all year from going fully insane like Nick Cage in that scene with the bees.
And just when we thought he couldn’t do us any more solids, he goes and releases his long-awaited pop-punk album.
So here’s the review:
Tickets To My Downfall kicks off with a classic pop-punk feel, blasting listeners back to the past with heavy, speed demon-like drum patterns and a catchy chorus. The album as a whole sits heavily on a strong base of powerful drumming which comes as no surprise when you later find out that Blink 182’s, Travis Barker, provided his talents as both a drummer and producer for the album.
Singles “bloody valentine,” “concert for aliens,” and “my ex’s best friend” set the tone nicely for what we could expect from the rest of the record. The biggest surprise from the record, however, proved to be “forget me too” featuring pop superstar Halsey. A unique collaboration given the difference in music styles between the two, their combined vocals work pretty well together making for a fantastic song. Halsey impresses with her strong vocals that give the listener a huge hit of Avril Lavigne nostalgia.
Overall, despite the change in genre, MGK keeps the same grittiness and signature vocal sound that fans know and love while still maintaining to stay true to the lyrical subject matter from his previous work. With this album in the books, look for Machine Gun Kelly to continue his rise as he starts to make a name for himself as one of the most versatile artists in the industry.
Keep rockin’ ya’ll 🤘
Tickets To My Downfall is now available on Spotify!