After a three-year absence, Post Malone returned with his newest album, “Twelve Carat Toothache,” on June 3rd. This marks his first artistic project since “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” which was released in 2019. Marking one of the longest gaps in musical creations that the artist has had to date.
Despite this gap in content, Post returns with his signature vocal inflections and sound that ushered him into the starlight in 2015 with his viral release of “White Iverson.” However, the general tone of this album is much more somber than some of his previous works by taking a stance on heartbreak, Post’s struggles with alcoholism, and even the possible outlook of his death on the track “Euthanasia.” In combination with beats that can be described as gospel-like, the majority of “Twelve Carat Toothache” comes across as if Post Malone came across a revelation at the time of its writing.
The features on “Twelve Carat Toothache” are nothing short of masterful. While names like Doja Cat, Roddy Ricch, and The Kid LAROI are not associated with being A-list names on the music scene yet, they perfectly match Post Malone’s vocals and style. Especially on the track “Wasting Angels” with The Kid LAROI, where the two artists’ similar sound creates an almost heavenly sound when the two begin to harmonize. Each artist’s pairings with Post Malone create a unique sound and cadence to the respective track they appear on, and it is done exceedingly well.
“Twelve Carat Toothache” is an interesting album, as it delivers the same sound and inflection that Post Malone is known for. However, it delivers them from a side of him that we sparsely see. For this reason, “Twelve Carat Toothache” is a disrupting addition to Post’s discography, but it is a welcome and truly impressive addition at that, making “Twelve Carat Toothache” well worth a listen.
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