Review #139: The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

Artist – The Weeknd
Album – Beauty Behind The Madness (2015)

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The Weeknd (Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) is an RnB/pop artist from Toronto, Canada. Abel began his musical endevours by releasing a few songs via YouTube under his now alias The Weeknd, then going on to release 3 critically acclaimed E.Ps throughout 2011. The Weeknd often cites his influences as being such artists as Prince, R Kelly & Michael Jackson, stating the MJ track ‘Dirty Diana’ as being a push for him going into singing as a career. With a few years build up and already some critical praise from pop music critics The Weeknd is ready to release his debut album ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’.

‘Beautiful Behind The Madness’ has just been nominated for a Grammy, which sounds good right? We all know however that the Grammys have a tendency to simply pick popular albums over those with actual substance … This album being just another popular album. The one track pulling everyone towards this album (as is often with mainstream pop artists) is ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, an actually quite catchy track with a memorable chorus hook, simple bassline and repetitive beat. The rest of the album is simpler filler for me, just generic bland RnB/pop tracks recycling that of The Weeknd’s peers, but with up to date synths and production style. The album starts with the track ‘Real Life’ and also features a song called ‘The Hills’. These two songs feature a very irritating gritty bass synth intro, of which I can only relate to the overused sound now used in almost every hollywood blockbuster trailer. Check out recent Transformers trailers to understand what I mean … plus anything relating to the Transformers films doesn’t work well for me.

It’s a shame people will read the Grammy nominations and maybe consider this to be one of the best albums out this year, simply due to it being put there for popularities sake. As stated ‘Beautiful Behind The Madness’ is just an album I feel The Weeknd had to write to feel like a proper artist, something to go along with his main single.


2 thoughts on “Review #139: The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

  1. I Can’t Feel My Face is indeed a great pop song. I totally agree about the album on the whole though and the heavy use of auto tune on his vocals makes it a challenging listen, to be polite about it. I thought the same about the EPs. I really don’t see what the big deal is about the Weeknd. Very fair review!

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