When I heard The Weeknd was dropping a surprise project and when I heard it would be a return to his earlier days I couldn’t help but get excited, as those initial mixtapes were some of my favorite projects to come out in the past decade. While My Dear Melancholy, comes in at only 6 songs, each song lands with impressive impact. There’s nothing quite as dark and moody as on those first tapes but the sound is decidedly much darker than his last album which was a big push into more mainstream pop. But he manages to step back towards that original sound while still implementing some of his more recent ‘poppier’ inclinations, creating a whole new sound yet again. It’s a great mix of listenable pop with his more sinister, cynical side and there’s not a single track worth skipping. The Weeknd’s easily the most interesting artist in pop or R&B at the moment and he’s raised the bar once again.
Like a lot of today's music, trying to put a label on or even describe their overall sound is damn near impossible. It's a little bit of pop, a little bit of punk, a little bit of electronic, a little bit of hip-hop, and a whole lot of countless other influences. It all sounds highly experimental, and a bit chaotic, but never so much that they lose their cool. Young Fathers have crafted something special here and I've found it difficult to pull myself away. This one is a must experience.
MEMORIES DON'T DIE feels like it fell to the problem most artists face going into their sophomore albums. What do you talk about after you've put your entire life's experiences into your debut? It's a difficult problem and one that Tory Lanez was unable to solve, resulting in a largely unmemorable album, despite the immense amount of musical talent he possesses.
Majid Jordan's latest is accentuated by some incredible synth work and a retro futuristic feel that does enough to create an infectious, almost dream like project with some serious grooves. It's good, clean, feel good music.
“I said I didn’t feel nothing, baby, but I lied
I almost cut a piece of myself for your life
Guess I was just another pit stop
‘Til you made up your mind
You just wasted my time”
Have you heard My Dear Melancholy,? What’d you think of it? Did you like the return to his darker roots? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings reactions to the album.
The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy, Reaction
Somehow The Weeknd manages to step back towards his original sounds while still implementing some of his more recent poppier inclinations, creating a whole new sound yet again. It's a great mix of listenable pop with his more sinister, cynical side and there's not a single track worth skipping.
Call Out Your Name
I Was Never There