23 Sep Brightside Review: Jon Bellion’s ‘The Definition’ Album
[dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]t’s VMG. What else can I expect, other than pure gold?
Well, I guess you can expect crazy composition and production. Just like Logic, Jon Bellion retains the ability to mash up vocals and snares into one collective instrument, making you double take on any given bar.
I’m happy to bring you a review of Bellion’s newest drop, out today, titled The Definition.
I can second guess artists. Not as people, but in output. And to be honest, I did with Jon Bellion of Visionary Music Group. My friends and I were first blown away with “Paper Planes”, but shortly after we were turned away by his following singles. I’m not entirely sure why, but perhaps we thought he was better than the stuff he was releasing. Today I realize he was building a discography up to the pinnacle of his career, The Definition.
He laughs too much. I’ll be blunt. That’s one of the things that turns me off a bit. HOWEVER, this album is worth every listen. “Ooh” and “Preoccupied” are two songs I would rate in the top 20 for production in 2014. It’s a complex arrangement the normal ear would not register, but I can hear the path Jon has taken through his music. It’s almost a breakbeat, a capella combination that hits hard, but melts smoothly with the introduction of Jon’s incredible voice.
I last brought you a visual by Jon, titled “Carry Your Throne”, in which we see the immense amount of passion and poeticism that goes into his projects. From that moment I was truly excited to see the outcome of the new album. Let me tell you, this project is substantially more than I expected. It takes talent to produce and vocalize an album, but this is two talents perfected and twisted into one glorious track list. Short and snappy are the two words you’ll come across when listening, as the actual tracks aren’t too long. Perhaps this lies within Jon’s tendency to tell a story through his lines.
Jon has an odd way of connecting to his audience through subtle laughs and casual language, which I previously believed wasn’t effective. However, now I see how relatable his music can be as you listen along. Not to mention his production is unheard of, maxing out his ability to cut and chop a capella riffs.
I give this album a 3.0 flat. I love it, don’t get me wrong. But I just can’t pull myself away from some of the off-putting lyrics about cocaine Jon mentions. Not that I have a problem with initially mentioning it, but the way he portrays it as an egotistical decision to not to drugs, it’s a bit less humble than desired. Other than that, this project is another reason why Jon Bellion and VMG are on there way to a fantastic journey in the music industry.