Just In Time For The Weeknd: A Recap of Starboy

December 5, 2016

Just In Time for The Weeknd: A Recap of "Starboy"

How classic…An article about The Weeknd ON the weekend…which I’m completely fine with, for how dope this album is, but I felt the need to address the elephant in the…article.

Moving right along, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, decided that with his latest offering, he’s just going to warm up your Winters with some absolute heat. He starts the album off with the title track, and hit radio smash, “Starboy” just so that no matter what was to come, would at least have that masterpiece to lean on. But instead of resting on his laurels, he hits us over the head with arguably, the other biggest track from the album, “Party Monster,” that you’ll absolutely become familiar with at every pre-game that you’ll go to for the next few years. The Weeknd has mastered the art of creating vibes with his music; a valuable tool overlooked by many artists in the music space today, who rely heavily on sampling existing songs or focus more on blowing your speakers out. The Weeknd just wants to grab your attention, and hold it for 18 songs.

Many critics are quick to write The Weeknd off as a one-trick pony, citing his music as “one-note” or labeling his artistry as an inclusion of monotonous, shrill tones. All that I can say is, those critics probably also jump into pools with their cell phones still in their pockets. If Starboy does anything more than simply provide the soundtrack for the next three years of your life (at least), consider the instrumental production that drives every single track on the album. I can’t remember the last time I struggled with singling out one, or a few standout tracks from an artist’s project, but trust me when I say that I would be doing a disservice to Starboy by only listing a few honorable mentions. Not only are the songs on the album that Abel sings on his own, great, but you can’t help but also admire the absurdly talented list of artists that he was able to recruit for the record, as well. From Lana Del Rey’s appearance on the Interlude, to other tracks that include the lyrical stylings of Kendrick Lamar, Future, and even more with Daft Punk!

Did I mention how much I loved this album, yet?! For someone to have achieved so much commercial, and mainstream success already, The Weeknd continues to deliver experimental tracks that continue to make us dance and lose our minds for days on end. If you are one of the few people who haven’t heard the new Starboy album, I highly advise you to put the yarn down, and prioritize this album. The Weeknd fires on all cylinders with his latest offering, and I would be shocked to read any feedback stating the contrary! The WeKnowTheDJ Team would like to take this time to salute The Weeknd for starting our weekend, in the best way, imaginable.

Don’t forget to tweet us @WeKnowTheDJ and let us know what you think of the album!

-Norman P. (@EarlyBird410)

Feature Image by Leslie Crow

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