The radio has yet to discover Jon Bellion but, while he’s a best kept secret to his fans, we know he will be the name on everyone’s lips this year.
The 25 year old musician is definitely not new to the music industry. Jon Bellion has made his mark in the community by writing brilliant hits for artists like Eminem, Rihanna and Jason Derulo — as well as being featured on tracks such as Zedd’s “Beautiful Now.”
…But that’s not all. Bellion has multiple mixtapes under his belt including 2014’s hit The Definition, featuring tracks like “Luxury” and “Simple and Sweet.” Almost 2 years later, he is gracing us with his uniquely relatable lyrics in the form his debut album.
Late April this year, Jon dropped “Guillotine” — and that was all we needed to hear to know this album would be worth the wait. And here we are. The Human Condition — Jon’s debut album — is officially out for everyone to listen to.
While we are massive Bellion fans, was this album worth the wait for even mega-fans like us? Here’s what we thought about each track off “The Human Condition:”
He is the same
The album opens up with “He Is The Same” — which is quite simply Jon telling fans, friends and family that he hasn’t changed — and that nothing will.
Memorable lyric: “Lost his dad that day. Really puts it in perspective. What the fuck’s a bad day?”
This track took time to grown on us –but we’re so happy it did. While doesn’t stand out from the bunch, the killer guitar solo after the bridge is well worth the listen.
Memorable lyric: “Just like the 80s films. We’ll hook up in my back seat and let my best friend drive.”
All Time Low
“All Time Low” was actually released as a single in 2015 along with his tracks “Woodstock” and “Woke The F*ck Up.” ATL instantly became a hit and has over 19 million streams on Spotify — for good reason. The beat and the repetitive ‘ow’ is something only Jon can pull off with his creative melodies and lyrics.
Memorable lyric: “Now I’m a ghost, I call your name, you look right through me. You’re the reason I’m alone and masturbate.”
New York Soul (Part II)
Another classic New York tune, “New York Soul” (part II), has a few name drops along with solid rap verses. This track unfortunately doesn’t stand out from the rest but it’s unique enough to deserve a listen.
Memorable lyric: “I had a conversation with an angel. She told me I’d cheat death if I stayed away from the party life”
The second this song played, we knew this would hit us hard. The beautiful piano melody along with Jon’s powerful voice and uplifting lyrics — we love it all.
Memorable lyric: “It’s amazing that the crown of a king doesn’t change me.”
To all questions we have in life we’ll never know all the answers — and that’s what this song is about. “Maybe IDK” is a perfect tune for those who are uncertain about the future — to let them know that that’s okay.
Memorable lyric: “Although I guess if I knew tomorrow, I guess I wouldn’t need faith. I guess if I never fell, I guess I wouldn’t need grace. I guess if I knew His plans, I guess He wouldn’t be God.”
Woke The F*ck Up
When you realized you fucked up and you wake up from whatever dream you thought you were having and now know you need her more than anything — that’s this song. Considering this song was released in 2015, we’re very happy it made it onto the album.
Memorable lyric: “We live in an age where everything is staged, where all we do is fake our feelings. I’ve been scared to put myself so out there”
In “Overwhelming” Jon sings about meeting a person who is overwhelmed with the need to impress. The upbeat kind of contradicts the lyrics but we love it. Like most Bellion tracks, this song just works.
Memorable lyric: “Come over here and overwhelm me.”
Weight Of The World (ft. Blaque Keyz)
Feeling the weight of the world is something we wish no one had to feel. Like many, Jon has felt the struggle and had low times but with the help of God, he realized he didn’t need to feel all that weight anymore. Blaque Keyz’s verse was a beautiful touch to wrap up this beautifully, inspiring song.
Memorable lyric: “We’re spelling suicide but not by choice. Was calling out for help, but heard no noise.”
The Good In Me
We’re obsessed with this chorus. The acoustic guitar is something we wish this album had more of, but regardless it was appreciated and fit Jon’s voice perfectly. The bridge also features a females vocalist — but who’s it? WE HAVE QUESTIONS.
Memorable lyric: “Like a knife in the woods. Yeah, you hunt down the good in me.”
Morning In America
We can see this being a potential single for Bellion. “Morning in America” tells a story quite different than the others but unfortunately, many can relate to.
Memorable lyric: “We’re secretly out of control, nobody knows it.”
“iRobot” is a prime example of how an unfortunate relationship can take a toll on a person — including making them more closed off, almost robot like.
Memorable lyric: “I was a human, before you killed me and ripped my heart out, I knew what love was.”
Guillotine (ft. Travis Mendes)
The first single we were graced with is still one of the most memorable tracks by Jon. The edgy beat is very unique and it’s no surprise that Jon knows how to make solid tunes with clever lyrics.
Memorable lyric: “The secrets you tell me I’ll take to my grave. There’s bones in my closet, but you hang stuff anyway.”
Hand Of God (outro)
It’s no surprise that Jon would close off his album with “Hand Of God,” as he’s very open about his faith. Bellion also mentioned that it was awesome to have The Andraé Crouch Choir be on this track — and we agree. It was the perfect way to wrap an album full of emotion — by including other tracks in the final verse. SHEER BRILLIANCE.
Memorable lyric: “When you’re lost in the universe, lost in the universe. Don’t lose faith.”
The Human Condition is a superb debut album by Jon Bellion. This album perfectly represents the person Jon is — his philosophies, experiences, his persona as a whole. With this record we are given an insight into his relationships with friends, family and God. With every lyric the 25 year old inspires os throughout the entire album. Every track is produced with his unique Jon touch — with cheeky, relatable yet profound lyrics, incredible instrumentals and a soft voice that never fails to sooth us. Although not every track stood out to us — it was rare when it happened as majority of the tracks hit all the right marks. We appreciate Jon’s honesty and authenticity and are so excited to see what the future has in store for him.