My Dear Melancholy, (CD) [Explicit]


The Weeknd

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Amoeba Review

04/12/2018

As suggested by the title, Abel Tesfaye’s newest album delves back into the moody sounds that defined his earliest releases. Full of murky, narcotic R&B slow burners, My Dear Melancholy, occupies a space far removed from that of #1 hit singles co-written by Max Martin. Following Starboy, his most upbeat (dare we say uplifting?) release to date, these down tempo and downtrodden tunes stand in stark contrast to his previous string of singles and instead evoke memories of the 2011 mission statement “High For This.” What hasn’t changed is Tesfaye’s ear for melody and eclectic embrace of disparate sounds. On a release of merely 6 songs, Melancholy features no less than 8 different producers, including the likes of Mike Will Made It and Skrillex. Impressively, Tesfaye is able to fit each of these productions like a glove, meshing what could have been an uneven sonic palette into one cohesive statement. One particular highlight is “Wasted Times,” which features the aforementioned Skrillex delivering a beat that probably isn’t what you picture when you think of Skrillex. Over a nocturnal UK-styled 2 step groove, Tesfaye turns a minimal and spacious production into a lament over past relationships that is rich with hooks and effortlessly funky. In a way it encapsulates Melancholy as a whole: lyrically despondent yet rhythmically infectious. Perfect for crying on the dance floor.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Call Out My Name
The Weeknd 03:48
2.
Try Me
The Weeknd 03:41
3.
Wasted Times
The Weeknd 03:40
4.
I Was Never There
The Weeknd , Gesaffelstein 04:01
5.
Hurt You
The Weeknd , Gesaffelstein 03:50
6.
Privilege
The Weeknd 02:50

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