What Is It?
In case you haven’t heard, Robert Pattinson is back with a bang! After a year-long hiatus since the Twilight movies, the British actor and singer is finally back with a solo album, Good Morning Midnight, which was just released last month.
The LP includes twelve new tracks and serves as a follow-up to his 2016 release, Wilderness. Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane and check out Pattinson’s top songs, shall we?
The Evolution of Rob Pattinson
While we can’t change the past (even if we wanted to), we can certainly learn from it. In that vein, it’s worth taking a stroll down memory lane and reflecting on Pattinson’s musical evolution. If you’ve been following his career for a while, then you’ll know that he started out as a member of the British indie-rock band, The Farm, in the late ’90s. He was then noticed by producers, who signed him to a record label and eventually helped him land his role in the Twilight movie series. Since then, he’s released nine albums and starred in several big-name films, including those in the Harry Potter and Jurassic Park franchises.
As previously stated, Pattinson’s latest album, Good Morning Midnight, was released last month. The singer-songwriter had been teasing the album’s release for years, first dropping snippets of songs and later releasing the entire album digitally. Finally, the album was made available on CD and vinyl. It’s fair to say that Pattinson’s songwriting and production skills have improved a great deal since the early days of his career.
The Rebirth of Robert Pattinson
As we’ve established, Pattinson has evolved quite a bit as a musician and singer over the years. This has manifested itself not only in his material but also in terms of his overall sound. In the past, he’s heavily relied on orchestras and big production values to stand out. Now, though, he’s honed his craft and made the most of modest production values to create something unique and memorable. In this way, he’s really found his voice as an artist. Let’s take a listen to his latest single, “Pale White Smiles,” to get a feel for what I mean.
The song opens with an acoustic guitar and delicate fingerpicking. There’s then a brief pause, before Pattinson’s distinctive voice takes over. The song’s chorus is strong and powerful, with the singer belting out the lyrics with conviction: “Pale white smiles, hiding in the depths of pain / Pale white smiles, holding me now in their arms again / I will not wear a mask, I want to feel again.”
The song builds in intensity as it continues. It starts with a low whistle and atmospheric keyboards before giving way to a crunching guitar. The song’s crescendos are powerful and, at times, quite harrowing. Ultimately, though, Good Morning Midnight is a triumph, proving that no matter what, a solo album from Pattinson will always be worth checking out. And who knows? Maybe next year, we’ll be hearing more from him!