Travis Barker’s influence on proceedings is once again plain from the outset, as some classic blink-182 drumming characterises opening track Born With Horns. Maybe, meanwhile, is functional radio rock that works well enough, but even a guest turn from Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes isn’t enough to elevate it to the level of Tickets To My Downfall at its best. The fun-loving sprit of Machine Gun Kelly’s last album is present on much-maligned single Emo Girl, a track that, musically, is simple but effective, yet the daft lyrics (‘I fell in love with an emo girl / All I want is an emo girl’) – whether self-aware or not – are pretty jarring. 5150 is better, a blink-esque pop-punk jam that’s an example of MGK’s rock dalliance at its most effective.
Machine Gun Kelly’s detractors will likely have you believe Mainstream Sellout is terrible. It isn’t, but nor is the fire burning as bright as it once was. There’s some fun to be had here, but ultimately, this is the weakest record of MGK’s rock era so far.
For fans of: blink-182, jxdn, MOD SUN
Mainstream Sellout is out now via Bad Boy / Interscope