The Weeknd is maintaining his followers’ ears completely satisfied throughout a pandemic.

The Weeknd dropped his extremely anticipated new album, “After Hours,” on March 20. This album is a comply with as much as his 2018 EP, “My Expensive Melancholy,” and his first studio album since 2016’s “Starboy.” He confirmed no concern of releasing an album through the COVID-19 disaster. The Weeknd tweeted, “Let music heal us,” on March 15, simply days earlier than his album dropped. 

He nonetheless has no concern, as his album soared to No. 1 on the  Billboard 200 inside the first week. This marks his fourth album to achieve this place. In line with Billboard, “After Hours” bought 444,000 equal album models in its first week. The album has essentially the most gross sales of 2020, making that week the most important within the Weeknd’s profession.

“After Hours” is a mix of seductive and unhappy. Songs like “Hardest to Love,” “Scared to Stay,” “In Your Eyes” and “Blinding Lights” have been fan favorites, in addition to mine.

 The Weeknd maintains an excessive stage of honesty in these songs. They converse to followers due to the feelings he exhibits. “Hardest to Love” and “Scared to Stay” are among the slower songs included within the album that show his poetic lyrics flawlessly as an alternative of pushing the melody to the forefront. Each songs have a darkish tone of self-pity lacking his ex-girlfriend. 

The Weeknd exploits his loneliness in “After Hours.” In “Religion,” he says “thought I’d be a greater man, however I lied to me and also you.” The music follows the same tone as the remainder of his album and focuses on his lies, drug utilization and heartache. He instructed The Guardian that he makes use of medicine as a “crutch” to assist together with his author’s block. 

The Weeknd’s new album has made me query his psychological well being after seeing how a lot of a task medicine play in his music and the music movies. Within the music video for “Blinding Lights,” it’s crystal clear that he’s abusing psychedelic medicine as he evades the police in Las Vegas. 

“Heartless” can also be based mostly in Las Vegas and has an eerie really feel. Within the music video, he removes his glasses and is hardly capable of maintain his eyes open. Despite the fact that he has admitted to abusing medicine, “After Hours” is his first album the place psychedelic scenes are current. 

Songs like “In Your Eyes,” “Blinding Lights,” “Save Your Tears” and “Heartless” are extra upbeat. These songs nonetheless maintain his somber vibe however have a faster tempo. “Blinding Lights” is essentially the most 80’s-esque pop music on the album. You’ll be able to’t take heed to the music with out wanting to bop. The music is circled round one other Las Vegas reference, saying “Sin metropolis previous and empty… I’m blinded by the lights.” 

The Weeknd has launched music movies for 3 songs: “Blinding Lights,” “In Your Eyes” and “Heartless.” In every video, he’s offered in a purple sportcoat and a bandaged nostril, the identical look he has within the quick movie of the album.

He appeared on “Saturday Night time Stay” on March eight and carried out “Blinding Lights” and “Scared to Stay.” In line with Pop Tradition, followers have been clueless about his efficiency ensemble and have been involved for his bodily well being. 

The Weeknd added three further songs to his No. 1 album solely every week after its launch. “Nothing Compares,” “Missed You” and “Ultimate Lullaby” create the deluxe model of the album, bringing the album to a complete of 22 tracks. The three new tracks are gradual and emotional, becoming in seamlessly with the somber vibe of all the album. 

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“Nothing Compares” is coated in him singing about his solitude saying, “nothing compares to the vacancy we each share,” hinting that he’s incomplete with out his previous flame. “Ultimate Lullaby” has an angelic tone together with his voice echoing greater than in most of his songs on the album. “Ultimate Lullaby” is extraordinarily delicate, and the melody enhances the Weeknd’s candy lullaby. That is the final music on the album earlier than the remixes, and it wraps all of it up magnificently. 

The Weeknd’s “After Hours Tour” begins June 11 in Vancouver, Canada. He’s set to tour from June by means of November, and his ticket gross sales are reside.

Ranking: 9/10

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