Ohio Machine rapper Gun Kelly released his fifth studio album last month. Titled, Tickets for my fall, this album has a very different sound from what his fanbase is used to. MGK has teamed up with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker to create a pop punk album. This album won Kelly her debut album Billboard 200 # 1. As a longtime MGK fan, I was interested in her new sound.
This album really showed a different side of Machine Gun Kelly.
Kelly’s usual rap lyrics touch on her party mentality and her substance use (and abuse). While Tickets for my fall still had a few of those boastful sayings, we were able to scratch more than just the surface. You get a little glimpse of Colson Baker, the real man behind the Machine Gun Kelly character. Here in which he talks about his love life as well as the loss of loved ones.
The 15-track album contains features from Pop-Alternative artist and ex-girlfriend Halsey and Travis Barker. True to her hip-hop roots, Kelly has also collaborated with Trippie Redd, blackbear and Iann Dior.
The album also contains two conversational interludes featuring his girlfriend Megan Fox and his best friend, comedian Pete Davidson.
Here’s a track-by-track breakdown for what to add to your playlists, what’s right, and what to skip:
“Track title”: skip – As the album opener, I honestly expected a little more. It sounded like a conglomeration of different songs that were put together for timeack.
“Kiss Kiss”: playlist-worthy – This song gives me nostalgia, it sounds like a cool pop punk hit from the 2000s. It’s super catchy and upbeat.
“Drunk face”: ok – The song is not bad but it does not come out.
“Bloody Valentine”: playlist-worthy – As the first single from the album, it doesn’t disappoint. The song gained attention thanks to the video featuring Kelly and his now girlfriend Megan Fox. Travis Barker gives his signature, stellar drum performance.
“Forget Me Too (feat Halsey)”: worthy playlist – I think this song has very high radio potential. It’s the perfect balance between rock and pop. A total headbanger and a heartbreaking hymn.
“Everything I Know (feat Trippie Redd)”: skip – The couple collaborated on Kelly’s previous album and it was really good. This on the other hand, didn’t make the cut.
“Solitary”: playlist-worthy -This song was an honest look at Kelly’s life. Here, he discusses the death of his father and his aunt, as well as the complications of his birth.
“Third World War”: skip – The song is only a minute long and is just loud.
“Concert for extraterrestrials”: ok – Again, not a bad song. Definitely a pop punk track, but not a memorable one.
“My ex’s best friend (with black bear)”: playlist-worthy – This song is super fun and catchy. I think this track would get good radio attention as well.
“Jawbreaker”: ok – The pre-chorus and the chorus are catchy but the verses do not hold.
“Nothing inside (feat. Iann Dior)”: ok – The beat is fun but otherwise nothing special.
“Play this when I’m gone ”: skip – The song is for his daughter which is sweet but just like the first track I expected the last track to be memorable and it just wasn’t that.
Overall rating: 7/10