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The Weeknd delivers once again

Starboy Album Review

Prince Mzungwana

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye famously known as The Weeknd has FURTHER proved why he is regarded as one of the best artists of his generation as the Canadian has just released his third Studio Album “Starboy”. This project is mind-blowing, most notably the ninth track of the album which features Kendrick Lamar. Starboy is groovy, fun, vibrant and full of great energy for its entirety. The album features some big names in music right now, including Lana Del Rey who worked with The Weeknd on his previous album (Beauty Behind the Madness). As someone who is a fan of both artists, this collaboration fuelled my excitement for this project when the track listing was released.

Beauty Behind the Madness (BBTM) proved to be a very successful album, winning multiple awards at The Grammys as The Weeknd erupted onto the scene. On the back of his award winning achievements, expectations were through the roof upon release of Starboy and he delivered, emphatically. The album provides a range of different emotions. It ranges from the slow ballads we are used to hearing to the more upbeat songs such as “All I know” with a rare feature from Atlanta born rapper Future and “Rockin” which samples a mellow 80s type beat. The album was experimental with some of the songs throughout this 45 minute tape, but feel that it was not as good as BBTM because of the vocal projection in some of the songs. The biggest surprise of Starboy was the lyrical prowess of Tesfaye especially in Sidewalks and the last song of the album “I feel it coming” which is one of two features from Daft Punk. After listening, I was very impressed with the overall project and I thoroughly enjoyed a refreshing sound from Tesfaye which had an array of great features.

RATING – 8/10

December 6, 2016

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