Single Review of Cancer by Twenty One Pilots
By Joe Hackman
For their latest single, Twenty One Pilots released a cover of the song “Cancer,” originally recorded by My Chemical Romance. The song, at just under four minutes, fades into an ominous keyboard drone. Each successive section builds upon the apocalyptic theme with a crunchy drum machine and swirling effects, which contribute an ethereal aspect. The mounting storm, which is a tad drawn out, dissipates after the final chorus ending with a peaceful fade out.
Tyler Joseph, credited for vocals, piano, keyboard, synthesizer, bass, and programming, sings with an angsty yet soothing voice that fits the song well. His instruments are extremely present in the mix, although they don’t all appear simultaneously. Josh Dun, credited for drums and percussion, offers a syncopated drum machine to contrast his simple rock beat. The song would simply be a mess of effects with his grounding rhythm.
This mysterious song presents wide dynamic range and touching lyrics; however, the extended build-up and plethora of effects become slightly overwhelming.