Jon Bellion: new album has slightly different sound
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Jon Bellion, since his first Mixtape “Scattered Thoughts Vol. 1” released all the way back in 2011, has set himself apart from other artists in terms of his stylistic production style, philosophically self-reflecting lyrics, and raw creative talent, both in the studio and on the stage. His creativity has been compared to the minds behind Pixar movies in terms of intimate, deep, and funky stylistic approaches to storytelling. In Jon Bellion’s latest album, “Glory Sound Prep,” Bellion takes a new turn in his musical career to explore some territory that he has yet to dive too deeply into before, while maintaining his grip on what brought him to the current place in his musical career. “Glory Sound Prep,” while diverting in a few ways from his more emotionally deep and philosophical works of albums such as “The Separation” and “The Human Condition,” is a masterpiece in its own way. This is not to say that he does not touch on some major points of human emotion, for it would not be what the Bellion fans have come to know and love, but this project is more of an ode to his come-up and a reflection on what he has held dear throughout the process.
Bellion has always maintained a level of secrecy in the public eye, and that has been no mistake. In the third song of the album, “Let’s Begin,” Bellion states: “You get too famous, then everything in your life is stressful, There’s a big difference between being known and being successful.” This lyric sets the tone for some major points expressed later in the album with songs such as “Cautionary Tales” and “Adult Swim.” Bellion has always expressed that fame has never been his desire, nor should it cloud the mind of another in a similar position. The passion that gives an individual purpose and the bond shared by loved ones should, in his mind, always take the spotlight. In songs such as “Conversations With My Wife” and “Stupid Deep,” Bellion reveals the emotion behind his thoughts. This expression is not uncommon for a Bellion project, for he has always maintained a level of reflection throughout his music on what should truly matter to an individual, especially one on the rise to fame. While an extravagant life and endless riches can shower a individual in false glory, the love, as stated in “Stupid Deep,” that we really need is stupid cheap.
While the album does stray from his previous works in many ways, Bellion does not leave fans searching for his creative foundation without something to dance about. “Blu” is one of the greatest songs on the album, and contains all the elements of an original Bellion work. The playful stylistic lyrics intertwine with deeper melodic rhythm and culminate into an unmistakably Bellion drop in the last minute of the song, creating a masterpiece in and of itself. It is because of songs like this that Bellion has created such a fun atmosphere for even his deepest works, and it gives hope to all his fans that he will never leave this approach behind.
To conclude, Jon Bellion continues to open windows into the mind of his beauty to his fans with every project, and “Glory Sound Prep” does not stray from the path that he has so clearly set for himself. With new creative pockets of style and philosophy being filled with every record, Bellion continues to deliver a message and a funk worthy of a tuned-in ear and an open mind for all who come across him.