Scaled and Icy is the sixth studio album by American musical duo Twenty-One Pilots, released on May 21, 2021. The album consists of eleven tracks with a total runtime of 37 minutes.
The album is described as a departure from the band’s usual introspective and heavy subject matter, with a more upbeat and lighthearted tone. The duo’s signature blend of alternative rock, hip-hop, and electronic music is still present, but with a more pop-oriented sound.
The opening track, “Good Day,” sets the tone for the album with its catchy chorus and optimistic lyrics. Other notable tracks include “Choker,” which features a driving beat and introspective lyrics about the pressures of fame, and “Saturday,” a feel-good anthem about living in the moment.
The album’s title is a reference to the pandemic, with “scaled” representing the small and isolated nature of their creative process during the lockdown, and “icy” representing the feeling of isolation and loneliness. The album was largely recorded and produced by the band’s lead vocalist, Tyler Joseph, in his home studio in Ohio.
Overall, Scaled and Icy is a departure from the band’s previous work, with a more upbeat and pop-oriented sound. While some longtime fans may miss the band’s heavier and more introspective themes, the album is still enjoyable with catchy hooks and uplifting messages.