Clancy (album)

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Clancy
The band stands in front of an orange and yellow background with the album title displayed above them. The image of the band members are in black-and-white.
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 24, 2024 (2024-05-24)
Recorded2021–2024[1]
Length47:18
Label
Producer
Twenty One Pilots chronology
Scaled and Icy
(2021)
Clancy
(2024)
Singles from Clancy
  1. "Overcompensate"
    Released: February 29, 2024
  2. "Next Semester"
    Released: March 27, 2024
  3. "Backslide"
    Released: April 25, 2024
  4. "The Craving"
    Released: May 22, 2024

Clancy is the seventh studio album by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, released on May 24, 2024, through Fueled by Ramen and Elektra Records. Titled after the protagonist introduced in their fifth studio album, Trench (2018), the visual album serves as the final chapter in the band's nearly decade-long conceptual series.[2][3]

Written by frontman Tyler Joseph and produced with frequent collaborator Paul Meany, Clancy was announced on February 29, 2024, following weeks of speculation. Four singles preceded the album's release: "Overcompensate", "Next Semester", "Backslide", and "The Craving". Clancy received positive reviews from critics.

Background and promotion[edit]

In February 2021, while promoting Twenty One Pilots's sixth studio album Scaled and Icy (2021), lead singer Tyler Joseph revealed that the album's closing track "Redecorate" acts as "an intentional hint at what he wants to try to do next", contrasting the song's more ominous tone with the "brand new, sparkling, happy, colorful" sound of its parent album.[4] In a September 2022 interview, Joseph confirmed that the band's next album would conclude the storyline of the character Clancy and the fictional city of Dema that were introduced in their fifth album Trench (2018).[5]

On February 15, 2024, the cover art of Scaled and Icy as well as Vessel (2013), Blurryface (2015) and Trench were updated to be partially concealed with red tape on streaming platforms.[6] Shortly after, people began to post on their social media that they had received mail from the band containing cryptic letters. Around the same time, billboards and posters in numerous countries began displaying a new band logo.[7]

On February 22, 2024, the band released a narrated video on their social media platforms. In the video, the narrator, who reveals himself to be Clancy, summarizes the story of the previous three albums and his multiple attempts to escape from Dema;[a] he ends the video by stating that he would be "returning to Trench".[9][10] Clancy was officially announced on February 29, 2024, with its release initially set for May 17. Its lead single, "Overcompensate", was released on the same day.[11][12]

"It's because I love these songs, and I believe in them enough to pretend to sing in front of a camera to each one. And that's what we're gonna do, because that's how I want to present this album."

–Tyler Joseph on why every song from the album will have a music video[1]

On March 18, Joseph announced that each song on the album would have an accompanying music video, with all set to be released alongside the album;[13] its release was subsequently delayed by a week due to the production timeframe required to complete the videos.[14][15] Despite this, the band announced listening parties that would take place in selected stores through various countries, between May 18 and May 23, before the album's release.[16]

The second single, "Next Semester", was released on March 27.[17][18] The third single, "Backslide", was released on April 25.[19][20] On May 9, the band debuted "The Craving" live during their small-scale concert at the Electric Ballroom in London.[21] The song was released on May 22 as the fourth single;[22] this version is subtitled "(Single Version)" in contrast to the album's "(Jenna's Version)", and features different instrumentation and production.[23]

On May 24, the day of the album's release, the band premiered the music video for 10 songs of the album (excluding those for the singles, which had already been released) on YouTube through a livestream wherein the band offered insights into the creation of each song and its respective video. Each video was individually uploaded to the band's YouTube channel independent of the livestream after its premiere. The music video for "Paladin Strait", the album's closing track, was delayed until early June.[24][25]

Composition and themes[edit]

Clancy was composed and produced in its entirety by the band, alongside Paul Meany, who was a prominent producer on Trench, and assisted in production on two songs from Scaled and Icy. Meany disclosed on Instagram in August 2023 that he was with the band in Ohio while working on their next project.[26] Like previous works in the series, Clancy is framed in the metaphorical world of "Trench" and the dystopian city of "Dema". It follows the titular character as he returns to Trench to free his fellow citizens of Dema after he escaped and was granted a "miraculous power".[10][9]

Tour[edit]

A concert tour in support of the album, the Clancy World Tour, was announced alongside the release of "Next Semester". The tour is set to consist of over 70 shows spanning four continents, beginning at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on August 15, 2024, and concluding at The O2 Arena in London on May 14, 2025.[27] Five small-scale concerts collectively titled "An Evening with Twenty One Pilots" were held prior to the tour, with the first taking place at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on May 2, 2024,[28] the second at the Metropol in Berlin on May 7,[28] the third at the Electric Ballroom in London on May 9,[28] and the fourth at the Lunario del Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City on May 14.[29][30] The final show of the small-scale series of performances was held at the Newport Music Hall in the band's hometown of Columbus, Ohio on May 24, to coincide with the album's release.[31]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.8/10[32]
Metacritic78/100[33]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[34]
The Arts Desk[35]
Classic Rock[36]
Dork5/5[37]
Kerrang!5/5[38]
NME[39]
Paste6.8/10[40]
Wall of Sound8/10[41]

Clancy received positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized score out of 100 to ratings from mainstream publications, the album received a weighted mean score of 78 based on 5 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[33] Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic wrote, "Twenty One Pilots tie a bow on a fascinating narrative that has captured the imagination of a legion of fans... Fortunately for listeners unaware of the backstory, the songs are reliably catchy and intriguing enough to grab their attention, too."[34] According to Tom Carr of The Arts Desk, "Clancy succeeds in balancing finishing a narrative that will satisfy the die-hards, but also be just as fulfilling for the casual passersby."[35] Kiana Doyle of the Associated Press called Clancy an "energizing" and "triumphant" conclusion to the band's arc that is filled with vim, vigor, and nostalgia.[42] Vicky Greer, writing for Classic Rock, considered it to be "a very strong outing for Twenty One Pilots" but also wrote "they falter where they fall back into old habits instead of embracing the album's more innovative moments."[36] Ali Shutler of Dork called it "a gorgeous, intricate record that cycles through tender, heartfelt moments, fiery rage, flexing swagger and frustrated self-destruction."[37]

Manus Hopkins of Kerrang! described the album as "creative, colourful and endlessly charismatic."[38] Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone reviewed the album positively saying it showed the band's "midlife growth," praising Clancy for not feeling scattered in its juggling of many genres and sounds.[43]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Tyler Joseph, except where noted.

Clancy track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Overcompensate"3:56
2."Next Semester" 3:54
3."Backslide" 3:00
4."Midwest Indigo"
  • Joseph
  • Meany
3:16
5."Routines in the Night"
  • Joseph
  • Meany
  • Jake Torrey
3:22
6."Vignette"
  • Joseph
  • Meany
3:22
7."The Craving (Jenna's Version)" 2:54
8."Lavish"
  • Joseph
  • Meany
2:38
9."Navigating"
  • Joseph
  • Meany
3:43
10."Snap Back"
  • Joseph
  • Meany
3:30
11."Oldies Station" 3:48
12."At the Risk of Feeling Dumb" 3:23
13."Paladin Strait"
  • Joseph
  • Meany
6:28
Total length:47:18

Sample credits

  • "Overcompensate" contains an interpolation of the song, "Bandito", from their 2018 album, Trench, written by Joseph and Meany and performed by Twenty One Pilots.[3]

Personnel[edit]

Twenty One Pilots[edit]

Technical[edit]

Additional[edit]

  • Mark Eshleman – creative direction (video)
  • Brandon Rike – creative direction (design)
  • Ashley Osborn – photography
  • Björgvin Sigurdarson – additional photography
  • Laura Proepper – styling
  • Brian Ranney – packaging
  • Alex Wilder – bass drums on "The Craving (Single Version)"
  • Mike Elizondoupright bass on "The Craving (Single Version)"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As depicted in the music videos for "Heavydirtysoul" (2017), "Jumpsuit" (2018), "Nico and the Niners" (2018), "Levitate" (2018), "Saturday" (2021), and "The Outside" (2022), as well as the livestream concert in support of Scaled and Icy (2021)[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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