Later, Bellion revealed Part 2 and the European Leg on July 26, 2016 and September 29, 2016, respectively. You're hard-wired to have a strong distaste for simulacra. So rather than lambasting this album for being a mediocre pop effort, being too-Disney, let's assume he meant to do this. Honestly, that's not the worst pivot you can make as an artist. It felt like the end of a Disney movie. If my girlfriend is trying to make me eat something healthy, it's Wild Cow. We show children a better version of reality than truly exists, because we wouldn't want to explain Donald Trump to a child.
The song arrangement is 100% cartoon movie. My life was changed yesterday. Don't get me wrong, because I love Frozen, I just wouldn't want to live in Arendelle. It's okay to love cartoons when you're an adult. He's writing songs for a cartoon. Social media is what he means, with 'living in an age where everything is staged' — because in the 9th grade, he remembers a time without social media.
Every song has a place, and a purpose. The Frustration Song Every Disney musical needs frustration. It's awkward, like Cheesecake Factory, because it's a simulation of simulacra. They all dress like proto-Ninjas from a low-rent 70s Kung Fu flick. We live in an age where everything is staged Where all we do is fake our feelings I've been scared to put myself so out there Time is running out, yeah Need to let you know that Through some of Bellion's lyrics though, I began to see something universal and consistent about the entirety of the album. I ain't playing games with this Disney shit. Additionally, Lojaya and Caljouw created artwork for each of the tracks on the album.
In order to deconstruct what's happening in this album, it's important to remember the snapshot of America we're looking at, and the culture Jon Bellion was born into. As a writer, reviewing this album was a learning paradigm — because halfway through my own thought process, I realized I was dead wrong. This is a concept album. It's okay if you got choked up at the end of Toy Story 3. If I need a really good burger, it's Three Crow Bar.
Having worked in music for a dozen years now, I can tell you one thing: It's hard as hell to carve out a niche and find something that might make you enough money to retire. It was the fourth best-selling album of the week, selling 32,000 copies in its first week. The protagonist feels the needs to explore, and something is holding them back. Then, from 3:24 to the end, it blends into an outro suited best as a hip hop track — which is exactly what a Disney musical outro should do, and change pace. It's not real, and you know it's not real — it's a video game. If I'm feeling like fancy drinks I'll head to Bar No. Seriously, go listen to the outro again and just be blown away by how much soul and passion is behind that dude's voice.
You wouldn't think to wrap all your favorite restaurants into one restaurant, because that would ruin the entire experience. The 80s were a dark time, and hooking up in a Lee Iaccoca edition Chrysler K-Car is all the worst parts of the 80s. It's okay to cry when Bing Bong dies in Inside Out. It was pre-housing-crisis, and pre-social-media. By that time, the 80s had been gone for fifteen years, so 'hooking up in the backseat while you let your best friend drive' is something you probably don't want to understand the reality behind. Even the breakdown at the 2:12 mark is perfect in how it builds back into a booming, bouncy chorus.
At first glance, I missed this construction on The Human Condition. He's a cartoon on the album cover. Because 11 is more than 10. I just hit play on Spotify and expected Bellion to be a mix between G-Eazy and James Vincent McMorrow. Eventually though, the quality degraded, and it becomes 100% clear you're watching a degraded copy. It's supposed to call back all the earlier elements from the movie, tying everything into a package that makes you feel good about our protagonist. The builds are more pop than Disney-musical.
Title Writer s Producer s Length 1. Of course it's going to be a carnival house of mirrors — because that's the whole point of this exercise. In 2015 Bellion was voted the best upcoming artist from Spotify charts. Jon Bellion was born in 1990, which means when he reached the age of adulthood, the United States economy was on the verge of its 2008 collapse. It's pop, hip hop, rock, some electronic styling, acoustic indie, and bits and pieces of everything else. You weren't obsessively staging every event in your life for Instagram in 2005, and for that, it was a simpler time. I love how cheesy they are.
When Bellion was drawing this cartoon of an album in his imagination, I never saw the single art. Outside of his own discography, Bellion writes for many popular artists such as Rihanna and Jason Derulo. However, let's say you did want all your favorite restaurants under one roof, in the most cartoonish way possible. When I press play, I want a magical experience — and Bellion delivered. I have no idea what this means. The Human Condition is Cheesecake Factory. The simple empty spaces filled with acoustic guitar and the subtly mic'd electric flow into a 90 second outro that shifts into hard rapping at the end.