"overture" is a really creative way to open an album. it could've gone wrong, but in my opinion, it's put together pretty well. the mixing isn't too bad at all and it's just catchy as a standalone song, which scores the band bonus points.
"the good part" is a genuine bop, and even though parts of the writing kinda make me cringe, the chorus is so grand that it just makes me happy.
"weak" is ajr's breakout hit of sorts, and the drop absolutely GOES. sure, maybe it plays to my affinity for overly bombastic edm, but i don't know.
"sober up" is also a great track, even if not as blown-up as the past tracks on this album. rivers cuomo (most famous for making raditude) has a pretty nice feature too.
like mentioned in the first paragraph, "drama" is horrid. the writing is even worse than the average ajr track, and the instrumentation is just really dang annoying.
"turning out" is the emotional love song that every album aimed at white teen girls has to have, but ajr does a great job of making the song grand and yet relatively minimal.
"no grass today" is kinda more of the same, with the most g-rated song about weed probably ever created, and "three-thirty" has some kinda cool if obnoxious production. also, it breaks the fourth wall, which is awkward as heck.
"call my dad" is controversial even among ajr fans, but it's one of my favorite songs off of here- i love how there's nothing but the autotuned vocal layering, and it makes the song one of the most raw tracks, if not the most raw track, that ajr has done. it also doesn't fit in the tracklist at all, but i don't mind too much.
"i'm not famous" just sings about how ajr isn't famous (even though this album effectively made them famous), and it's kinda funny and, again, awkward as heck, but in a way i like for some reason.
i don't know why more white people music doesn't pander to fans of the office, considering that all white people like the office, but "netflix trip" does, and it's one of the best tracks on this project. it's actually written pretty well, with one of the best ajr choruses in any of their songs and above-average writing (for them, at least).
"bud like you" is kinda cute, and the chorus is incredibly fun, even if the verses are underwritten (to say the least).
finally, "come hang out" is an awesome closer, with a great beat and a catchy tune.
yeah, that concludes my bad take. although this album isn't very coherent and is annoying at parts, i really just cannot hate this record. it's a lot of fun, and i am unironically excited for whatever ajr does next (next being this thursday).
"inspirational and i like the drums" - lol, 2018