What do you reckon? The latest addition to the crowded celebrity / Candid Coversation stage is none other than the one and only Robert Pattinson. The British actor has just released his third album ‘Bangers and Mash’ and we’ve got a bit of analysis on what it means for fans of Bernie Sanders and fans of JK Rowling. Plus, we’ll run down the salient details about the album itself.

Robert Pattinson: A Life In Music

Let’s not beat about the bush. We know exactly what you’re going to say. You’re probably thinking, why on Earth would anyone want to talk about Robert Pattinson’s music when he could be lining up for a role in a major motion picture?

Well, let me tell you something. We are not just here to promote Robert Pattinson. Not by a long shot. We are here because of the music. His music. Yes, those millions of dollars in ticket sales and tour earnings may have helped put food on the table, but the music was the whole point. The whole reason we’re here. Let’s get into it.

Robert Pattinson: Sustainability First

‘Bangers and Mash’ is a play on words, but it doesn’t relate to food in any way. Instead it’s a celebration of British culture and heritage. The album title comes from a 1910 operetta and it references the way that England is perceived to be very down-to-earth and rustic. But that’s probably just a superficial interpretation and perhaps even a slight exaggeration.

Pattinson has spoken about how he wanted to make a statement about sustainability. In an interview with The Sunday Times in 2015, he stated:

“The album is saying to the world that I care about the planet. I don’t want to waste it. I don’t want to throw it away. There’s a lot of disposable society in the world right now, and it makes me sad. I want to live in a world where we care for each other and the planet.”

Well, regardless of whether you agree with his message or not, at least he’s putting it out there. A lot of famous people hide their opinions and stick to PR companies speaking on their behalf. Not Robert Pattinson. He’s saying what he thinks and he’s proud of it.

Robert Pattinson: Musical Statements

‘Bangers and Mash’ isn’t just a play on words. It actually takes its inspiration from a real-life incident which occured in London in 1910. As the story goes, the Great War was raging in Europe, and the British prime minister Winston Churchill decided that some good old-fashioned fun was exactly what the country needed. So, a carnival was organized and the biggest band in Europe was flown in to play. The event was wildly successful and the highlight was a performance by Elgar.”

It was during this concert that a disagreement broke out between the members of the band. They started quarreling over which tunes they should play and ended up leaving the stage before the concert was over. The audience didn’t notice and didn’t seem to care. They’d caught the magic of music and didn’t want the performance to end. Since then, people in London have been singing and dancing along to every British band. Which brings us to our next point.

The Two Pattinson’s

The music on ‘Bangers and Mash’ was obviously not composed by one person. It’s an ensemble affair with contributions from all of the album’s creative members. The first track, “The Magic Number”, was composed by Ed Sheeran and the rest of the album was written by a who’s who of mostly British musicians. Here’s a partial list:

SOHN – strings

KATE SHEPHERD – piano

JACKSON PHILLIPS – double bass

SAM SMITH – drums

DAVE THOMAS – electric guitar

SAMEVILE – keyboards

KEVIN MOSS – backing vocals

Pattinson is known for his good looks and unique charisma, but it’s the music that made him famous. As far as the general public is concerned, there are actually two different Robert Pattinsons – the actor and the musician. The former is more popular and has a larger social media following, but they both deserve credit for making the latter what it is today. With an album this good, it’s clear that they didn’t do it alone. Let’s give it up for Rob Pattinson and his band.