We take a fresh look at the superstar singer's discography following the release of "Starboy. It honestly seemed like The Weeknd was done. After manifesting in as the brooding, semi-anonymous creative force on three standout mixtapes "House of Balloons," "Thursday" and "Echoes of Silence," he dropped a debut album in "Kissland" that failed to produce any long-standing hits. Abel Tesfaye was playing shows and keeping fans, but the early hype had completely diminished.
“100 Ways,” Jackson Wang
If you think about it, nothing about The Weeknd should make sense. He's the most NSFW household name in the pop game. He appeals to the devil in all of us, and it feels so good. People often compare the Canadian anti-crooner to Michael Jackson , and that's never been more fair than on his latest LP Starboy, but his genius goes way farther back.
“Alone Again,” The Weeknd
The best Weeknd songs reveal how that happened. Tesfaye threw his hat in the ring in , and his voice fit the track like a glove. The black-and-white music video lends narrative to the loneliness as well, with The Weeknd singing to the camera with a mostly barren background. The moments between night and morning seem to be a blur, marked by ambiguous lyrics and braggadocious references. The lifestyle may be out of our element but, for him, this is just another day. The song hit No. This Grammy-winning single took the radio by storm in The accompanying NSFW visual both matched the provocative film and intensely carnal nature of the song. The downtempo single lays bare a narrative in which Tesfaye intends to sleep with a girl, but is thinking of someone else. No one knows how to sing about reckless moments of youth like The Weeknd, and this bold track put everyone on high alert for more to come from the talented singer.
T he world right now feels topsy-turvy, filled with cancellations , closures and postponements. But for musicians, the new music releases — if not the shows themselves — must go on. His take, however, feels thoroughly modern. At the moment, that feels right.