The Weeknd is back with his latest body of work, Beauty Behind The Madness. The album opens up with a song entitled “Real Life,” and from the jump, we get a sense that this album will be something that we have not heard from The Weeknd before. And we were right. The sound is completely different from anything we have heard from The Weeknd. Abel has stepped from behind his productions and started showing his strong vocal ability on this album.
The Weeknd calls on Kanye West to produce his track “Tell Your Friends” which he boasts himself up exclaiming that he is the “best” and you should tell your friends about me. The Kanye produced track meshes very well with The Weekends lyrical content and vocal acrobatic ability.
One of the albums many strong points is the placements of the songs. Each song flows into the next song perfectly, and the themes of the music seem to flow perfectly, as well.
With tracks, “Often”, “The Hills”, and “Acquainted”, The Weeknd revisits more of the sound his fans are more familiar with. They are very reminiscent of his earlier material, speaking of drugs, sex, and beautiful models.
His #1 single, “Can’t Feel My Face,” gave us a nostalgic feeling of Michael Jackson, and we know if Michael were alive, we would see The Weeknd and Michael on stage performing this smash hit together.
A majority of the album was recorded in Marilyn Monroe’s old home, and the concept of the song “In the Night” was curated in her bedroom. The producer, Max Martin, of “Cant Feel My Face,” also produced the track “In the Night.” Both tracks channel Michael Jackson vibes, and shows Abel in some of his best vocals we have heard from him yet. “In The Night” is a true to form 80’s throwback and, any fans of this era will gravitate quickly towards this smash hit.
The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness seems to be inspired by many of the greats of the past. His track, “As You Are,” reminds us of Phil Collins, “In The Air Tonight.” Dark undertones and a thumping drum beat, this track is a late night banger.
One of our favorite tracks from the BBTM, “Prisoner, features Lana del Rey. The Weeknd sings, “I’m a prisoner to my decisions.” Del Rey’s voice matches perfectly with The Weeknd’s voice creating a euphoric sound for our senses.
Ed Sheeran assists his vocals on “Dark Times,” and the two male singers voices blend together. The blues like track uses a minimal production and highlight both singers vocals.
An uncredited Maty Noyes lends her vocals on the last track “Angel.” The song also includes a children’s choir in the end singing “I hope you find somebody to love.” The last track reminds us of the classic inspirational anthems of the 80’s & 90’s.
The Weeknd has really grown over the years, and Beauty Behind The Madness showcases his growth. Utilizing sounds from different periods in music, The Weeknd has created a cohesive body of work that is worthy of all of the accolades it receives this year. Fans of The Weeknd’s earlier works, Trilogy & Kissland, may have a hard time digesting the new sound on a first listen, but we promise, give Beauty Behind The Madness another listen, and we are sure those fans will be in love with this album. Beauty Behind The Madness will be released August 28th and can be purchased on iTunes.
With Beauty Behind The Madness’ production, we at Music & Other Drugs are excited to see this album performed live at the Made in America Music Festival. The Weeknd is headlining ‘The Madness Tour’ along with, Halsey, Banks, and Travis Scott.