The Weeknd "Trilogy" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:40:44
The Weeknd is an open book on Trilogy.
For over two-and-a-half hours, the most exciting voice in music relays nocturnal tales of love, lust, chemical decadence, and pain of all kinds—but it feels so good. That's the real genius of The Weeknd.
When you take a close, dedicated listen to the lyrics, he's really examining some very dark subject matter as he pleads, "Bring the drugs baby, I could bring my pain" in "Wicked Games". That's the single too! However, where he thrills the most is the fact that he's completely and utterly fearless in the same way that Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Trent Reznor, and Eminem were. That's why Trilogy is a game-changer.
The collection consists of House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, and they sound more vibrant than ever before. "High for This" seeps from the speakers like a blissful dream, while "The Party & The After Party" rings out with soul rarely seen in any medium of modern art. "Twenty Eight" slinks from a slow piano as The Weeknd's voice entwines elegantly, making for one of his most potent and powerful vocal displays among the 30 tracks. The industrial echo of "Valerie" comes off like a love letter sent from the other side of the gallery picking up even more longing along the trip, and that's why it's so poignant. Drake's cameo on "The Zone" stands out as completely next level, seeing both artists on a plateau few of their contemporaries can cop to.
"Till Dawn (Here Comes the Sun)" rounds everything out with a melancholic yet uplifting sendoff. It's a haunting finale replete with skittering keyboards and cyber echoes that intriguingly juxtapose with The Weeknd's massive delivery.
This book has opened forever, and Trilogy will make you fiend for the next chapter even more.
Have you heard Trilogy?