Review: Post Malone's Album, "Stoney"

Updated on December 12, 2016
Samson Pharaoh profile image

Reviews are a pain-free way of combining writing, with what I love (music for eg.), in a way that generates interest.

A Collection of Zoned Out, Ridiculously Contagious Highlights

Dallas singer/songwriter, rapper and guitarist Post Malone follows up his mixtape, 'August 26th', with a debut album entitled, 'Stoney'. ‘Stoney’ will appeal to those who appreciate post-party, vibey hip-hop and hazy trap music.

Listeners who were impressed with 21-year-old Malone’s all-conquering 2015 debut tune ‘White Iverson’, will surely find something to interest them on the new release, as the LP's tracklisting takes many cues from the basketball inspired hit. ’Stoney’ boasts chunky, low-riding, atmospheric production and a range of zoned out, ridiculously contagious highlights.

While some cuts stick mindlessly to the blueprint of ‘White Iverson’ (the house music-infused ‘Cold’, and the professionally advantageous, Justin Bieber-assisted ‘Deja Vu’ are two good examples), the rest of ‘Stoney’ invitingly expands on it. 'White Iverson’ is ultimately overshadowed by the insanely hooky ‘No Option’, ‘Patient’ and single 'Too Young’, to name a few.

The Texan Relies on His Singing Drawl to Impact

Several tracks see Malone wander away from the project’s hip-hop framework. There’s a contemporary fluidity attached to his more guitar-leaning offerings. As an artist, Malone isn’t particularly witty or dexterous. ‘Stoney’ isn’t exactly built upon layers of complexity. The emcee relies on current rap trends, as well as his auto-tuned rap/singing drawl to impact.

Admittedly, this brings Post Malone’s longevity as a recording artist into question. 'Stoney’ would be improved if the Texan was more creatively challenging. It’s certainly fulfilling to hear him deliver relatively brisk rap bars on spacious standout ‘Too Young’.

"Stoney" is Carried By Malone's Guy Next Door Relatability

To his credit though, Malone generally communicates from a perspective that a large chunk of listeners will be able to relate to. He doesn’t expend much energy trying to elevate himself above his followers on the record. Malone’s guy-down-the-street relatability carries ‘Stoney’, and peaks on the previously released ‘Go Flex’.

For example, the Texan doesn’t speak about women as if he’s constantly fighting them off with a stick. On more than one occasion, Malone alludes to the pain of being rejected by the opposite sex, and casually confesses to drinking alcohol in order to deal with life's daily pressures. Not all rap heads are going to appreciate his reachability, but there will be plenty who gravitate towards it.


Justin Bieber Gets Seductive on the Slow Burning "Deju Vu"

’Deja Vu’ with Justin Bieber, is a slow-burning, pop record. The tune has all the lightweight seduction and passing radio-appeal of Bieber’s recent chart successes. That said, there’s nothing show-stopping here, ‘Deja Vu’ is easily outshone by the album’s more substantial moments.

Wearing his heart on his sleeve, the cutting beats of ‘I Fall Apart’ feature the rapper attempting to absorb being spurned by a love interest. The track can feel a little overdone, its lyrics illustrate a simplistic approach to love. Still, Malone sounds impassioned on it, and stalwartly channels the emotions needed to pull off a track like this. The Texan surveys the rap industry on highlight ’Patient’, the cut’s choppy hip-hop bump is breezy and free-flowing. There’s a modest, danceable shuffle embedded within the tune, and ’Patient’ stands out because of it.

R&B Singer Kehlani and Malone Sing Sweet Nothings

R&B singer Kehlani joins Malone for moody, hip-hop offering ‘Feel’. The pair use the song to explore their intense attraction for each other. Although ‘Feel’ can get vacant, its production is deeply voluminous. Featuring rapper Quavo, ‘Congratulations’ muses on the positive and negative experiences Malone has faced since becoming a Jay Z endorsed rapper.

Taking total advantage of his elevated state, highlight ‘Up There’ finds Malone yearning to escape his earthly troubles. 'Up There' is an incredibly soothing, confessional listen. The ruggedly romantic, ‘Yours Truly, Austin Post’ is also completely unstressed. Over the track’s easy melodies, Malone describes coming down off an amazing high. Listeners can just sit back, zone out, and appreciate the cut’s cruising, clouded aura.

Left: Post Malone, Center: Quavo
Left: Post Malone, Center: Quavo | Source

Post Malone Goes Too Far on "Hit This Hard"

Deluxe edition bonus ‘Leave’ is a strident, intense tune - the heartbroken track burns. Malone comes across wholeheartedly on it. The cut’s wailing, chanting harmonies are drenched in believable anguish. ‘Leave’ gets specially heavy when the Texan croons, “I kept wishing I would die ooh, the whole plane ride home. And I wish I could, I know I should leave you alone”.

‘Hit This Hard’ is an interesting, challenging, ambiguous hip-hop number. The track memorably depicts the Texan experiencing a chaotic, adverse reaction to illicit drugs. Malone’s vocals go from being distressed and throaty, to sounding degenerated and twisted. The tune’s beat is proudly unsteady, and repeatedly rejuvenates itself.

"Feeling Whitney" is A Humbled, Acoustic Confessional

Lifted from his mixtape 'August 26th', rapper 2 Chainz has no problem fitting into the plain-sailing setup of ‘Money Made Me Do It’ - a track in which Malone pays tribute to slain Atlanta rapper Bankroll Fresh. Thanks to fleeting island elements within its instrumental, the friendly, simplified hip-hop tune glistens with an unworried, sun-kissed vibration.

Malone performs over humbled guitar backing on ‘Feeling Whitney’. Propelled by cooing refrains, ‘Feeling Whitney’ is dreamy in its own way. The tune’s lyrics candidly explores the singer’s sense of isolation. Malone uses ‘Feeling Whitney’ to admit that he’s looking for a lover who’ll put up with his well as someone new to buy recreational substances from.

Verdict: ******* 7.5/10

Questions & Answers


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)