I wish I could say that Jon Bellion is one of those artists with whom I’ve kept up since the early beginnings of their career. I first came across Bellion’s music in late 2014 when I was checking out Spotify’s Alternative R&B playlist, and his song “Luxury” was featured on there. Since then, I’ve been a fan of his, and a proud owner of his independently released mixtapes.

A year and a half later, Bellion has won a Grammy for his writing credits on Eminem’s “The Monster”, featured on Zedd’s “Beautiful Now”, and just this past Friday, released he’s major-label debut, The Human Condition. The album contains themes of adjusting to fame, growing from struggles, and maintaining relationships, both platonic and romantic.

The album opens with “He is the Same”, which is lyrically about remaining humble amid fame and success. The intro track contains the lyrics “a couple million in the bank, but nothing has changed, he is the same”, seemingly referring to himself in the third-person.

One of the album’s tracks “Overwhelming” details the events of the early stages of falling in love, inviting the girl to “overwhelm” him.

Perhaps the most personal of The Human Condition‘s 14 tracks is “Morning In America”, on which he opens up about his mother’s Oxycodone addiction, his broken relationship with his father, and an ex-girlfriend’s unwanted pregnancy.

Overall, the album’s title is symbolic of what most of the tracks are about. Tracks such as “Maybe IDK” illustrate the uncertainty about life that one faces when growing, with lyrics such as “I wonder why I feel emptiness and I sing these blues, I wonder why I feel hopelessness as I watch the news.”

Bellion’s major-label debut is a cohesive body of work, which tells a story from beginning to end. Albeit not yet containing mainstream/top 40 hits, The Human Condition is not an album to pass up.

Rating: 4.5/5

Download Recommendations: “Maybe IDK”, “Morning in America”, “Guillotine (feat. Travis Mendes)”, and “Overwhelming”