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09:07 PM on 10/08/13
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better late than never i guess
09:57 PM on 10/08/13
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This is a very well-written review, good job homie. I agree with pretty much everything you said. As someone who thought Echoes of Silence was the best out of the three mixtapes I was very disappointed with this.

Also FYI I edited the title so it says The Weeknd. Jason said awhile back in an email--think it was before you were staff actually so there was no way for you to know--that we don't have to do that dumb Weeknd, The thing anymore.
I also think Echoes is my favorite to be honest. Thanks for the kind words <3

And welp!!! Thanks haha I guess now I know
10:18 PM on 10/08/13
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"XO / The Host" and "Initiation"--which really function as one long song--is the best part of his discography. The way he depicts the character in those two songs, if we assume the girl in "XO" is the one who partakes in what goes on in "Initiation," which seems reasonable,--the way he lets us see someone literally fall apart in front of our eyes is haunting in the most perfect way. That's what brings me back to Echoes of Silence. It's inarguably the darkest of the three mixtapes, and that middle portion particularly is gut-wrenching.
Yep. There were some genuinely harrowing moments on Trilogy that made me think of dead-eyed party going corpses; nothing here does that for me. It feels so safe. Like it's a facade he's trying to put on to maintain his sense of self now that he's been removed from what was his natural environment.
A far cry from the vapid bullshit that dominates this record. Production's aight tho

I was originally much harsher on the production but I definitely was letting my opinion be colored by Tesfaye's stupidity. There's a lot of solid production on here that should have gone elsewhere.
07:20 AM on 10/09/13
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This is a great review and I completely agree with it as well. This album is so stale and cheesy.

I have yet to listen to this album but this review will probably make me put it off even longer. I loved his mixtapes so I want to listen and love this but going by the reviews I've read, there's a very slim chance of that happening. Oh well. Maybe I'll check it out one day when I'm really bored.

Great review btw.

I don't want to tell you not to listen to it because there's some stuff here worth checking out but the album as a whole is really just impossible to sit through.

Thanks to both of you for the kind words.
12:35 PM on 10/09/13
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I just wanna know how he got the number of Adam Duritz's hairstylist. This review doesn't explain that at all.
I am only one man
Glad people aren't just handing out great reviews for everything this guy puts out. Vast majority of the album just meanders around with no will pay off and nothing to hold on to after you've finished listening. The couple songs that are more structured really work - there's just not enough of them.
Yeah, this is essentially what it comes down to. It feels like he maybe wanted to make some kind of experimental-ish record where he dispensed with pop structures but then realized he was bad at it and added a few that were decent. It makes the album feel disjointed and, like you said, meandering without a purpose.

Thank'ee kindly.
04:08 PM on 10/09/13
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this is one of the worst albums of 2013

this is one of the best reviews of 2013
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