The Weeknd "Kiss Land" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:11:10
If you look at The Weeknd's twitter, there's a still from Blade Runner. Now, on his triumphant second album Kiss Land, it's up to you whether or not Abel Tesfaye is more like Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard or Ridley Scott. He seems to be a little bit of both. There are certainly strains of Deckard's doomed lustful Replicant-hunting possible Replicant as well as Scott's visionary artisan of one of the greatest films of all-time. Either way you look at it, Kiss Land is one of the decade's best albums.
He doesn't simply pick up where he left off on Trilogy either. He ups the ante all around. Whether it's the funky guitars and solos piping through cyber vocals on "Wanderlust" or the heavenly harmful falsetto on the epic closer "Odd Look", The Weeknd continues to challenge not only himself but everyone within earshot. Now, he still wears the residue of a wild night as if it were Chanel, and that's one of the most magical things about him. On the airy "Love in the Sky" and "Live For" featuring the homie Drake, he's not afraid to openly talk about drugs, sex, and all of the night's other proclivities as the sun rises on a hangover worth (or maybe not worth) enduring.
"Tears in the Rain" represents an emotional peak for him. It practically bleeds reality through its haze of spacey electronics and transmissions from the outer reaches.
Is Abel hunting someone throughout the album like Blade Runner's protagonist only to find out that we're all after the same thing "more life, fucker" in a stark lustful metropolis crumbling under the weight of its own excess? Or, is he like Scott weaving together a narrative so brutal in its honesty and open in its darkness that it transcends the ages? That's still up to you…
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