It will be onerous for Twenty One Pilots to prime the success of their final album. Each tune on “Blurryface” went gold, platinum or, in some circumstances, multiplatinum — the primary album to take action in historical past. But when anybody’s going to do higher, it is these two guys from Ohio.

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“Trench,” the 14-track, fifth album from vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun (in addition to songwriting assist from Paul Meany), is each bit nearly as good as “Blurryface,” persevering with the band’s genre-bending trademark of tackling varied types and showcasing a knack for songwriting.

The band comes quick out of the gate with the throbbing bass line of “Jumpsuit” with insecurity within the lyrics (“I am unable to consider how a lot I hate/ Pressures of a brand new place roll my means”). Then it is on to Dun’s kinetic drumming on “Levitate,” a blissed-out and terrific “Morph” and The Killers-like, falsetto-fueled “My Blood.” Additional forward, there’s the reggae-tinged “Nico and the Niners,” the ’80s-sounding “The Hype” and the advanced, consistently shifting “Bandito.”

We attain peak Twenty One Pilots on “Pet Cheetah,” an exhilarating and daffy tune that namechecks Jason Statham because it mixes techno, rap and rock, together with a wholesome dose of reggae and home. Nobody on the market makes music as thrilling as this.

“Trench” is a extra low-key album — “Minimize My Lip” and “Neon Gravestones” are sluggish burners — and Joseph and Dun present maturity in not overworking songs, too. The final monitor, “Go away the Metropolis,” is a piano-driven gem with understated drumming and ghostly vocals.

In fact, it would not be a Pilots file with out opaque lyrics that join the songs — “jumpsuit” and “neon” — and the album to a bigger fantasy narrative that has spooled out over a number of albums and onto web sites. We’ll go away all these clues — references to Dema and the bishops and Nicolas Bourbaki — to the followers on Reddit.

“Trench” additionally finds Joseph in a assured temper, lyric-wise, even mocking songwriting itself. “Refrain, verse, refrain, verse/ Now right here comes the eight,” he sings on “Levitate.” On “Smithereens,” he croons: “For you, I would go write a slick tune simply to indicate you the world.”

Properly, he is actually executed that. He is made one other album filled with them.

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