Machine Gun Kelly - mainstream sellout
Mar 25, 2022 (updated Jan 3, 2023)
100
MY AOTY FOR 2022

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Tickets to My Downfall: The Horns Ending (Da Sequel)

There is a boy. Locked out from the outside, I let my hand clutch tightly onto the prized slip in my hand. It's a ticket.
Holding the ticket, I can feel that it held a lot of memories, plenty of angst and a collection of distortion.
But I didn't pay it no mind; it was simply a ticket, an entry to a downfall experience that I couldn't hear yet.

There is a man. Lights turn off, and the crowds dissipate, he clutches onto the important possession in his clutches. It's a guitar.
Holding the guitar, he contemplates the newest chapter in his life, the change in scenery, and a collection of polarizing eyes.
But he pays it no mind; it was simply a guitar, and came the downfall that he could see from miles away.

He's brought a new light, the latest trend-setter in punk; but he's a poser.
He's pushed his love of pop-rock, the loud distortion to hype the ears; but it's outdated.
He means true to his style, the music speaking through his heart; but he's a fucking sellout.

Signing a coward devil's contract, all for a boy with horns.

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Poem over. This is definitely the sequel I've been waiting on for a long while; and every single track is amazing! And not only are they amazing, but each of them taking a note of its predecessors and cranking the distortion up-a-notch and bringing it to its full potential; every single one of them feeling its own sequel/Part 2 indirectly. 'born with horns' being the sequel to 'title track', 'god save me' feeling like the next 'nothing inside', 'sid & nancy' being the spiritual successor to 'jawbreaker', 'make up sex' is like the version of 'my ex's best friend' from an alternate universe, 'drug dealer' taking inspiration from iann dior's 'sick and tired', and 'twin flame' following up a different topic than 'play this when i'm gone' (THE CLOSER IS GREAT, THERE'S A HEAVY LOUD PUNK INSTRUMENTAL OUTRO LIKE I WANTED FROM TTMD'S CLOSER).

It made me so unbelievably happy to listen to the full album back to front and not be reminded every time that Travis helped produce a backbone of this album. You know how in a few of the latest Marvel Spiderman movies, each one of them, up until No Way Home, never felt like it was Peter Parker's movie just because how he was held down with a lot of conflict that didn't contribute to his character? Same applied to here, whenever I would listen to TTMD, every time I heard drums, I would go "Oh, that's Travis Barker playing". But in here, Kels has really pulled through so much effort to make this album his own, and not just be held down as Barker's apprentice in the pop-punk scene, because by the time I played the album again halfway through, only then I realized that Travis Barker is indeed in the album.

My only criticism is how the album shoots itself so bad in the foot with die in california with Gunna and Young Thug. Like why the fuck is this on the album??? I didn't mind "ay!" because it grew on me, but wow, does this song go for way too long and the features gave no effort whatsoever. I don't fuss about rap songs as much, but in an album full of pop-punk tracks, it feels so unnecessarily random to have trap songs like ay! and die in california tossed in the mix. But it isn't the worst thing cause Landon Barker's feature was a surprise to see and hear, all that talk and rumours of him appearing on so many albums on Genius (I saw so much speculation from jxdn, Huddy, to Avril) finally paid off to see him in an MGK album lmao.

Anyway, this album fucking blows and has officially ruined the scene.

Favs: ALL but wall of fame & die in california

Track Ratings
1born with horns / 89
2god save me / 94
3maybe / 95
4drug dealer / 91
5wall of fame / 56
6mainstream sellout / 100
7make up sex / 95
8emo girl / 88
95150 / 100
10papercuts / 85
11WW4 / 92
12ay! / 93
13fake love don’t last / 97
14die in california / 55
15sid & nancy / 94
16twin flame / 87
13 Comments
10mo
😦🤔🧐
10mo
Thank god there’s still at least ONE based person left on this page… the bandwagon hate on this album is pitiful
10mo
i couldn’t agree less but you are brave and i salute you
10mo
biased. good review though
10mo
damn you really gave this a higher score than ants from up there...
10mo
Most bias review I've seen like ever. But sure, I guess. Have fun seeing MGK's career get murdered.
10mo
i couldn’t agree less but you are brave and i salute you [2] TALK YO SHIT!!! ENJOY THE MUSIC YOU LIKEEEE
7mo
this should be a crime
7mo
I disagree strongly but I'll give you credit. You have guts.
1mo
i couldn’t agree less but you are brave and i salute you [3]
3d
also these track ratings don't match up im confused now
8h
@nah_ score is more so how much the album means a lot to me, regardless even if there's a track or two that duds the album experience a tiny bit or if the track scores aren't all 100's. after almost a year since the album came out, MS has been one hell of an album that stuck to me throughout my 2022, so the 100 score is more so the confidence of me bestowing it the highest appreciation i can give for how much it's gotten me through the good times and the bad times (this entire comment sounds like a joke but i promise it's not lmao)
7h
@KT KnifeTrick ah that's what i thought then. To each their own, don't let these losers bring down your opinion cause again they're LOSERS
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