Jon Bellion

6 albums, 55 tracks

Born in Dec 26, 1990

Alternative RapAlternative/Indie RockDance-PopRapR&B


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May 10, 2019

Jon Bellion’s Time Fell Below Expectation

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension  / 6 mins read

Jonathan David Bellion, known as Jon Bellion, is an artist that slowly sneaked his way into my heart like a thief and ended up being my Hero. Robin my Hood with great songs like “All Time Low”, “Maybe IDK” and “Guillotine” before he finally swept us off our feet with the release of his debut studio album The Human Condition that was released in June 2016. His songs have been on my lips ever since then. The album really paved way for him in the Industry with “All Time Low” reaching number 16 on the US billboard hot 100 and was certified double platinum in the US and Australia. It took him another 2 years before he finally announced on twitter the emergence of another album titled Glory Sound Prep, much to the massive excitement of his fans. The countdown began and almost a month after the announcement, the album was released. When I first listened, I was lost in between deciding whether it was a good or bad album. Considering the bar The Human Condition had set, being one of the best Pop Album out there. I was expecting something more electrifying, and mind blowing. All of these made my first review an unfair to the album itself. If I hadn't listened to The Human Condition first, I wouldn't have rated Glory Sound Prep so low. Then I decided to revisit the album and review it with a clear mind this time around only to realise it wasn't even half as bad as I thought it was. No album can be entirely good in every sense of the word and none can be totally bad either, with the exception of mumble raps. Just like every album, Glory Sound Prep contains some beautifully written tracks with scintillating beats. Also, there are some very lazily written tracks on the album, some of which I never thought to expect from Jon whose previous album and mixtapes were close to perfection. Compared to his previous works including his debut album and the mixtapes he did before that, it's fair to say Glory Sound Prep falls a little below the standard Jon had set for himself. There are some tracks off the album that are just a complete examples of lazy writing laced with shreds of inconsistency and complacency. Typical examples of the bad tracks are “Adult Swim”, “Let's Begin” and a few other tracks, especially the part he tried to rap. The Jon we fell in love with is the one that sings and does so beautifully. I see no reason why he must have felt at some point that we needed him to be more of a rapper, although I appreciate his rap, but he shouldn’t flaunt it more. I am not totally against the moving out of the box philosophy but this move right here by Jon was an epic fail. I would prefer he sticks to music production and Singing, as Rap is not for him. Another thing that strikes me as not so good in the album are the lazy lyrics he employed in some of the tracks like “JT” and the beat production of that very track was a little too much here and there. Yes, we all know Jon is a beat junkie and likes switching it up but it was just a tad bit too much on this track and I personally felt he could have done a little better. Again, another downside in the album is the track “The Internet.” Although the lyrics Life became dangerous the day we became famous really hits home, it made me listen deeper to the track the first time, and I ended up being disappointed because the later part of the track was just packed with one repetition after another. This didn't feel good to the ears at all, sadly. Some tracks on the album are nothing short of magic. Tracks that helped a friend through depression and it also helped me heal me on the inside. It was nothing short of pure magic or perhaps, a therapy. 

The Depths Beyond The Superficial

With lyrics like What if who I hoped to be was always me, this track by Jon Bellion "Stupid Deep" reached out to the deepest ends of my soul. Whenever things don't work out or I lose out on some opportunities; this is my go to track. Typical Jon Bellion, he played around the beat smoothly on this track and the lyrics, vocals, harmony, and backups synchronised so well, you could almost feel the passion he put into the writing and composition this track. 

Deep Blu Sea

Jon Bellion’s “Blu” is easily my favourite, although, it might be based on personal influence but the track is still one of the best songs in Glory Sound Prep on all grounds. It was a smooth piece from start to finish, no single flaw found. The lyrics are top notch, and the beat complemented the lyrics perfectly. A track you can put on repeat all day without ever getting bored. With all of these beautiful tracks, Jon has once again proven himself to be the best at what he does, even though this album has got nothing on The Human Condition, but this doesn't in anyway invalidate the fact that this album is not entirely bad. It's not stuffs of legend either, it's just somewhere right in the "It's good" section. Although, accolades wise, it is not anywhere near hi previous Album and mixtapes

The Midas Touch Is Somewhere In There

Jon Bellion featured Quincy Jones on the track “Mah’s Joint”, and it hits another deep end of the Glory Sound Prep album. It's a track that brings you to a point where you have to slow down and evaluate how you have been treating people around you. If you find yourself wanting, then you create space to adjust a bit. The way he switched up the beat half way through the song was nothing short of a masterpiece. The beat, the lyrics and then the horns that blared at the end made this track a pure magic. Another interesting song I could find in the album.

Mar 06, 2019

Job Bellion Wows Audiences With The Most Unique Sound In Decades

Written by @camjameson from Extraneous Routes  / 5 mins read

Back in the day, the music industry seemed to innovate on existing genres every couple of years, with two of the best periods for artistic growth coming in the mid-nineties & early-noughties Hip Hop & Electronica scenes. Strangely enough, right around 2009 we stopped seeing much of this creative development, with the mainstream market becoming completely overtaken by Pop sensibilities & Club Hits, every scene since then slowly fusing with the same Tropical House & retro eighties ideals with the advent of social media as artists try to adapt to what’s hot on the web – It appeared as though the more creative & experimental side of Pop, Rock & Hip Hop had disappeared entirely, but Jon Bellion absolutely threw everyone for a loop by releasing Glory Sound Prep, one of the decade’s most spectacular compositions yet.

Taking A Few Tricks From The Early Alternative Indie Scene

From looking at previous entries in Jon Bellion’s repertoire like the album The Human Condition, it can be easy to write him off as just another Pop act with a slightly quirky electronic layer residing underneath, but Glory Sound Prep does away with the trendiness of modern music, transporting you back to the glory days – pun intended – of the early-noughties Indie scene, back when the genre was all about constructing complex emotions & experimenting with vocals as instruments – The most obvious example of this is “JT,” an absolutely splendid tune that feels one part Frou Frou with its expressive narrative flow, one part The Postal Service in the way synth elements pop in & out of existence like crystalline Casiotone bubbles & another part Copeland as he weaves symphonic emotion into the mix with ease, each measure blooming with harmonic radiance under the influence of French horns & vocal-layering.

Hopelessly Romantic, Thoughtfully Poetic

As fantastic as Jon Bellion’s goofy, incredibly nerdy instrumentation may be, it’s merely the unifying factor amongst the songs on Glory Sound Prep that draw you into each wonderfully unique composition; The real surprise in his music is in how overwhelmingly deep & intimate his lyrics are, eschewing the formulaic narratives of heartbreak & self-absorbed storylines of modern Pop music & exploring the magnificence of true love’s presence – Take, for instance, “Blu,” a song in which Jon Bellion details the glow of his wife’s blue eyes that leave him transfixed with adoration every time he peers into them. He manages to capture the calming effect she has on him whenever he starts feeling a little lost in the world, but even more so he conveys what it feels like to feel so sure of your life & suddenly be swept off your feet yet again by a love stronger than any other, changing not only the melodic structure but the tempo & song style every time he look at his wife, showcasing her mesmerizing properties aurally.

A Soul Raised On The Wings Of Hip Hop

Of course, Jon Bellion is much more than a one-trick-pony on Glory Prep Sound – While his arrangements are flush with inventive electronic soundscapes, silly expressions of love & decidedly noughties-era Emo & Indie Pop aesthetics, he’s also a bit of a genre-fluid artist in the way he seamlessly transitions between the aforementioned styles & real, cradle-to-the-grave Hip Hop wisdom, packing songs like “Let’s Begin” & “Adult Swim” with old-school underground Rap lyricism which displays his Ney York upbringing in vocal form; The latter is of particular charm, as it adopts the casual Lounge Jazz sound of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block soundtracks, teaming up with Tuamie to provide dope rhymes over a smooth Funk groove that just screams ‘I eat, sleep & breath Hip Hop excellence.”

Challenging The Music Industry Through Artistic Creativity

As it stands right now, Jon Bellion is nowhere near as influential as he rightfully deserves to be, his most famous song still sitting as 2016’s “All Time Low” that achieved a ridiculous amount of fame from clever marketing in addition to his much more prominent religious ties back then – That said, the industry is just now coming around to seeing what marvelous potential he has as a songwriter, reveling in the resplendent glory of “The Internet” or dancing along to the thick basslines of “Couples Retreat” & asking themselves ‘where has this been all our lives?” Even if he doesn’t reach Shawn Mendes levels of infamy in the near future, he’s shown that you don’t have to sacrifice your artistic integrity to fit in with the modern music market, maintaining his awkwardness & sensitivity whilst also standing up for what he believes in; With any luck, he’ll help inspire the next wave of Alternative musicians to spread their wings & experiment with music like we used to over a decade ago.

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Jonathan David Bellion (born December 26, 1990) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He was born and raised in Lake Grove, New York on Long Island. He is known for his single "All Time Low". Bellion has released four mixtapes and two studio albums. His first, The Human Condition, was released on June 10, 2016, and it debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200. He released his second studio album, Glory Sound Prep, on November 9, 2018.
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