Twenty One Pilots - Trench
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #243 / 850
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2018 Ratings: #54
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Although Trench requires a few spins to really register, it's ultimately rewarding and fully immersive, delivering a depth and gravity at which Twenty One Pilots only hinted on Blurryface.

80
NME

A concept album about a fictional destination, the duo’s fourth album is rich but accessible record that plays fast and loose with genre.

80
The Needle Drop

Twenty One Pilots take their catchy songwriting, genre blending, and emotional lyricism up a few notches on Trench.

80
Spill Magazine
This whole album compared to their earlier one is darker in content, maturer in sound, and will please listeners old and new. The production and dynamic sound are outstanding. They are reinventing genres to make one we’ll finally have a name for some day.
80
Kerrang!
Twenty One Pilots return with their most ambitious work to date.
79
GIGsoup
Everyone will find at least one song they enjoy on this album. Everyone should listen to this album once. It is an album for the ages, and definitely one of the greatest releases of the year.
70
Rolling Stone

Maybe TOP have grown as songwriters and arrangers, maybe some thanks to co-writer and co-producer Paul Meany (leader of psych-rocktronica band Mutemath), maybe it’s the healthy coating of dubby, post-industrial reverb clouding up the record – but instead of emotive kids turning the radio dials, Trench has more of a cohesive sound and feel.

70
PopMatters

On Trench, arena-pop duo Twenty One Pilots shift to a more tasteful, sensitive approach to mixed but mostly positive results.

70
The Young Folks
Some of the album tracks, while full of interesting lyrical wordplay, blur into each other sonically; overall, there’s a general lack of hooks. Yet the singles are cohesive and surprising in all the right ways, suggesting that Twenty One Pilots are only going to get stronger if they stay savvy and self-aware.
BradTasteMusic
92
Edit: I finally listened lol... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAHHHHH

Their only “Great” album. Certainly not for everyone, but I think for what they try to do with this album, they manage to succeed while simultaneously not being cringe or repetitive. Rather it is catchy, wholesome, sweet, yet dark.

It works UNBELIEVABLY well as a complete experience from front to back with very little holding it back. It’s truly an amazing listen and it only is growing as I keep listening

There ... read more
zachthesnack
84
This fucking bangs

Edit: the build up to the end is rather lackluster (pet cheetah, bandito, cut my lip) but the rest fucking went in
Beeyyaahh
90
For awhile now, I’ve been really wanting to get thoughts out on this record. Trench, as some people who follow me know (and can relate to in some way) has...a large amount of sentimental value in its existence. It’s also just an extremely good pop record in my eyes. It covers all bases for a record that has a profound impact on me.

When I initially heard it, I can say I definitely wasn’t a big fan. I’ve never really said how much I liked TØP, I used to have a ... read more
halbery
87
twenty one pilots stans are so fucking stupid ive never seen a more stupid fucking motherfucker-cluster of a fanbase in my life one time i was at a twenty one pilots concert and these hoefucks were screaming at the stage for the band to play old songs like an hour before the band even walked on stage also they screamed it at the opening act who were called bear hands and the lead singer lectured all of us on space lizard gods which makes sense because he said he liked twenty one pilot too also ... read more
amw100
74
i expected a lot of things from this album. it being good was not one of them. wtf TOP you guys cant even pull off being bad
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Added on: July 12, 2018