Jon Bellion, after a three-year time period, finally released his most recent album: “The Human Condition”. Not only was this a big gap compared to when his other two albums were released back in 2013, but it was also a switch up from pop music to Alternative R&B / Hip Hop. It’s questionable as to why he himself hasn’t won more awards for his talents involving music, considering he wrote songs for other artists, such as Eminem and Jason Derulo, that became top features and won Grammy Awards.
Each of the songs have their own unique, eye catching cartoon cover. Some are more self-explanatory than others but none of them went without much thought or detail, each telling their own story. One of the promotional songs, “Woke The F*ck Up”, has a cover that on top of describing itself features two other song covers in the background.
The album started off with “He Is The Same”, telling about somebody he knows, how it doesn’t feel like they’ve gone very far, putting their life into the perspective that at the roots are still the same as in high school. Making a connection to the next song listed, one of the promotional songs, “80’s Films”, is about how life goes by so quick and sometimes all that’s needed is to go back to a time you felt better and take a break there. Skip forward a couple songs to “Fashion”, and there you get the description that we prioritize how we look, always want more in search of filling a void there that we know cannot be mended like the seam of clothing, and yet we do so anyway. After a couple more promo songs, there’s a bundle of three songs that express his gratitude to the special someone in his life, “Overwhelming”, “Weight Of The World”, and “The Good In Me”, which, like many love songs, are easily relatable and adored by anyone who chooses to listen to his music. Though things quickly change in his song “IRobot”, expressing grief and heartbreak in a way that isn’t generic, like a robot. “Guillotine” is a must listen to song, in the shift of more upbeat tones, reconnecting to the previous bundle of three. The album ends with “Hands Of God (outro)”, an overlook on his beliefs and feelings of the world, and everything going on in his.
This album is one that connects to soul roots, without being emotionally overwhelming and unbearable, and something you could listen to on repeat.