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Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets To My Downfall

This is a pure guilty pleasure album.

Lemme be clear from the start, I have honestly never liked Machine Gun Kelly. All of his music just sounded completely uninterested me but he had his fans and that was fine.

Then one day, someone online reccomended his song My Ex’s Best Friend with blackbear. My one friend is always trying to get me into blackbear so I figured at least this would be good to talk about with her.

I had no idea how much I would love the song. The throwback pop-punk sound was not super unique or new but it scratched an itch that I didn’t know I still had.

And on this album MGK delivers exactly that. Over 15 tracks, he yells and off-key sings through the most angsty lyrics you’ll hear in 2020. And it’s not for everyone, if you’re not into the pop-punk sound this will sound like pure garbage but if you like that, you’ll love this.

Lyrically there’s not a lot of depth here. MGK bounces from missing his ex to medicating his personal problems with drugs to lamenting his shitty high school. But it’s such a fun listen that feels like a full release.

The album’s real potential comes in the form of the Halsey assisted track Forget Me Too where MGK and Halsey yell their way through a messy breakup of a relationship built on lies and drugs wanting each other to completely delete the other from their lives.

And with Travis Barker on the drums on every track the project manages to feel authentic to the style Kelly wants to revive.

Overall this album is best seen as the mix of a trinity of MCR, Peep and Halsey singing Blink-182 in the mall. If any of that appeals to you, then you’ll love this album.

Best Tracks

title track

kiss kiss

forget me too

concert for aliens

Standout Lyrics

“If I’m a painter I’d be a depressionist” – title track

“I heard you never graduated from high school. The food sucked and the kids were awful” – concert for aliens

“Damn I saw you walk in the room and I tried my best not to panic while I’m looking for the back door” – forget me too

“Jawbreaker, she tastes like candy” – jawbreaker 

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