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Thread started 04/04/20 10:43am

gandorb

The Weeknd's After Hours

I recently started streaming this album, which is surprisingly good. I was intrigued with The Weeknd when I first heard him from his pre-fame EP days. His current album seems to blend some of his most commercial elements (especially in the 3 smash singles he has already had from the album) and some of the darker less commercial sound of the EPs. His voice throughout the album is amazing. His main limitation IMO is that his themes get a bit tiresome (has anyone else ever whined so much throughout their career about getting so much "pussy"?).

Has anyone else streamed or downloaded this? Thoughts and reactions?

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Reply #1 posted 04/04/20 1:41pm

alphastreet

gandorb said:

I recently started streaming this album, which is surprisingly good. I was intrigued with The Weeknd when I first heard him from his pre-fame EP days. His current album seems to blend some of his most commercial elements (especially in the 3 smash singles he has already had from the album) and some of the darker less commercial sound of the EPs. His voice throughout the album is amazing. His main limitation IMO is that his themes get a bit tiresome (has anyone else ever whined so much throughout their career about getting so much "pussy"?).



Has anyone else streamed or downloaded this? Thoughts and reactions?



I like the singles and in your eyes. I can’t get into this album like the others
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Reply #2 posted 04/04/20 3:03pm

Mikado

I'm a bit surprised by the more positive reaction this is getting compared to his past couple albums - I don't really see it as a great leap forward or anything (his best work is still his first three albums - House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence). But I do like the second half, from Heartless on it's bumping. Probably since that's where a lot of the singles are at. In Your Eyes is especially nice, reminds me of early Duran Duran if they were fronted by Michael Jackson. First half is a bit same-y and too low key for my taste though - if the production isn't there then I can't help but notice his lyrics.

I've always been able to pull 7-10 tracks off a given project of his that I love and throw them in a playlist and leave it at, which is what I did for this one too. Had he started making music back in the vinyl era when albums were almost always under 45 minutes I think he would have more front to back classics.

A certain kind of mellow.
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Reply #3 posted 04/05/20 4:52pm

slyjackson

It's a very solid album, to me the best song is Blinding Lights. There are so many great songs here.

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Reply #4 posted 04/07/20 1:22pm

alexzander

I've played " In Your Eyes" back-to-back-to-back-to-back SO many times. cool It really is a perfect song.

This is what you want...This is what you get.
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Reply #5 posted 04/07/20 1:40pm

gandorb

alexzander said:

I've played " In Your Eyes" back-to-back-to-back-to-back SO many times. cool It really is a perfect song.



Yes, a really good song and his new single.
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Reply #6 posted 04/07/20 2:08pm

IstenSzek

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the second half resonates with me a lot more right now. somehow i can't get into the first half,
it sounds like one long drawn out piece of music that just repeats over and over somehow but
i'm sure i'll come to love that too once i tire of the second half of the lp. and if not.

i've only listened to the bonus tracks once now and i liked what i was hearing there, too nod

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #7 posted 04/08/20 12:38am

BlaqueKnight

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alphastreet said:

gandorb said:

I recently started streaming this album, which is surprisingly good. I was intrigued with The Weeknd when I first heard him from his pre-fame EP days. His current album seems to blend some of his most commercial elements (especially in the 3 smash singles he has already had from the album) and some of the darker less commercial sound of the EPs. His voice throughout the album is amazing. His main limitation IMO is that his themes get a bit tiresome (has anyone else ever whined so much throughout their career about getting so much "pussy"?).

Has anyone else streamed or downloaded this? Thoughts and reactions?

I like the singles and in your eyes. I can’t get into this album like the others

That last sentence is pretty much my sentiment. It seems like he's drifting into repetition and derivativeness. Its one thing to draw from the 80s energy and fuse it into your music; its another thing altogether to imitate it (and not even the great stuff). I'm going tO GiVe it another listen but I'm not that into this record on the whole besides a couple of tunes.

To top it off, the visuals that accompany this material are atrocious. Homeboy needs to step away from the toads. Its like he made a bet that he could get away with that mess of a theme running throughout his videos.

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Reply #8 posted 04/08/20 5:39am

RJOrion

this album is trash...nuff said
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Reply #9 posted 04/08/20 8:42am

alphastreet

RJOrion said:

this album is trash...nuff said


Yeah I agree. I wanted to like it but I just don’t
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Reply #10 posted 04/08/20 12:32pm

slyjackson

BlaqueKnight said:

alphastreet said:

gandorb said: I like the singles and in your eyes. I can’t get into this album like the others

That last sentence is pretty much my sentiment. It seems like he's drifting into repetition and derivativeness. Its one thing to draw from the 80s energy and fuse it into your music; its another thing altogether to imitate it (and not even the great stuff). I'm going tO GiVe it another listen but I'm not that into this record on the whole besides a couple of tunes.

To top it off, the visuals that accompany this material are atrocious. Homeboy needs to step away from the toads. Its like he made a bet that he could get away with that mess of a theme running throughout his videos.

You've got bad taste that's all.

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Reply #11 posted 04/08/20 12:32pm

slyjackson

RJOrion said:

this album is trash...nuff said

You don't like nothing, your taste is trash it seems.

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Reply #12 posted 04/08/20 2:14pm

novabrkr

Yes, I've wondered too why the first half feels so lacklustre compared to the second half. A few songs off and rearranging the song order would have made a big difference. Then again, maybe it was simply his "artistic vision" to let the album build up its overall level of intensity as it progresses. The modern hiphop-R&B -influenced stuff sounds just out of place on the same record with the 80s influences to me.

Having said that, "Blinding Lights" is an incredible song. Like "Get Lucky", it will be played in the radio and in the clubs for years to come.

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Reply #13 posted 04/08/20 3:14pm

slyjackson

novabrkr said:

Yes, I've wondered too why the first half feels so lacklustre compared to the second half. A few songs off and rearranging the song order would have made a big difference. Then again, maybe it was simply his "artistic vision" to let the album build up its overall level of intensity as it progresses. The modern hiphop-R&B -influenced stuff sounds just out of place on the same record with the 80s influences to me.

Having said that, "Blinding Lights" is an incredible song. Like "Get Lucky", it will be played in the radio and in the clubs for years to come.

The best on the album, I don't like Heartless sounds like Starboy song, which I didn't like it to begin with.

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Reply #14 posted 04/08/20 7:17pm

purplepolitici
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As for whining about getting pussy, the cake gotta go to my boy Drake for that, been doing it ten plus years 😄. Could never get into The Weeknd n really in no hurry to 😉
The icing on the fucking cake.
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Reply #15 posted 04/09/20 3:46am

RJOrion

slyjackson said:



RJOrion said:


this album is trash...nuff said

You don't like nothing, your taste is trash it seems.




i like/love plenty of things...The Weeknd aint one of them... i dont see the problem with that... im clearly not alone
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Reply #16 posted 04/09/20 11:32am

BlaqueKnight

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slyjackson said:

BlaqueKnight said:

That last sentence is pretty much my sentiment. It seems like he's drifting into repetition and derivativeness. Its one thing to draw from the 80s energy and fuse it into your music; its another thing altogether to imitate it (and not even the great stuff). I'm going tO GiVe it another listen but I'm not that into this record on the whole besides a couple of tunes.

To top it off, the visuals that accompany this material are atrocious. Homeboy needs to step away from the toads. Its like he made a bet that he could get away with that mess of a theme running throughout his videos.

You've got bad taste that's all.

Fanboy much?

Judging someone's entire taste in muisc according to one person's album. Hahaha! How juvenile.

Gave it another listen like I said I would. I'm still only playing "In Your Eyes" and maybe "Heartless" if I'm in the mood.

Maybe this record speaks to you on a personal level because of experiences you are going through or something? I don't know.

Maybe you should take all of that fan dribble over to The Weeknd's facebook page or Twitter where it will carry more weight? Ta-ta.

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Reply #17 posted 04/09/20 11:52am

RJOrion

alphastreet said:

RJOrion said:

this album is trash...nuff said


Yeah I agree. I wanted to like it but I just don’t



my son likes this album and always wants to listen to it when we're driving somewhere. So ive tried to get into it too... but after listening to it for awhile, it makes my face hurt
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Reply #18 posted 04/09/20 12:45pm

alphastreet

RJOrion said:

alphastreet said:



Yeah I agree. I wanted to like it but I just don’t



my son likes this album and always wants to listen to it when we're driving somewhere. So ive tried to get into it too... but after listening to it for awhile, it makes my face hurt


That’s sounds so annoying, but a great response would be to play I can’t feel my face lol
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Reply #19 posted 04/09/20 1:15pm

slyjackson

BlaqueKnight said:

slyjackson said:

You've got bad taste that's all.

Fanboy much?

Judging someone's entire taste in muisc according to one person's album. Hahaha! How juvenile.

Gave it another listen like I said I would. I'm still only playing "In Your Eyes" and maybe "Heartless" if I'm in the mood.

Maybe this record speaks to you on a personal level because of experiences you are going through or something? I don't know.

Maybe you should take all of that fan dribble over to The Weeknd's facebook page or Twitter where it will carry more weight? Ta-ta.

mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad

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Reply #20 posted 04/09/20 10:22pm

gandorb

I was curious to hear the album again after several people mentioned a preference for the 2nd half over the 1st half. I agree that some of the best songs are on the second half, but I actually am glad that the first half is somewhat less commercial and reminds me of his early EPs. I have ambivalence to The Weeknd as a person, but his vulnerability in some of the songs in the first half of the album brings me in. At least he gets that all of his womanizing and hangups make him "hard to love"'.

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Reply #21 posted 04/10/20 8:23am

domainator2010

alexzander said:

I've played " In Your Eyes" back-to-back-to-back-to-back SO many times. cool It really is a perfect song.


I just checked it out after reading this, and I like it, but....are you sure that's The Weeknd singing and not A-Ha? smile

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Reply #22 posted 04/10/20 1:11pm

IstenSzek

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alphastreet said:

RJOrion said:
my son likes this album and always wants to listen to it when we're driving somewhere. So ive tried to get into it too... but after listening to it for awhile, it makes my face hurt
That’s sounds so annoying, but a great response would be to play I can’t feel my face lol



lol

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #23 posted 04/10/20 1:41pm

slyjackson

gandorb said:

I was curious to hear the album again after several people mentioned a preference for the 2nd half over the 1st half. I agree that some of the best songs are on the second half, but I actually am glad that the first half is somewhat less commercial and reminds me of his early EPs. I have ambivalence to The Weeknd as a person, but his vulnerability in some of the songs in the first half of the album brings me in. At least he gets that all of his womanizing and hangups make him "hard to love"'.

Agree with you.

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Reply #24 posted 04/14/20 10:01am

funkaholic1972

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The Weeknd: zzz

Can't get the love for this guy. He sings AHA covers with an annoying MJ voice. Plus whining about getting too much pussy makes anyone look like a self-obsessed dick. Starboy was a good song though, I will give you that, but it was let down by his voice.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #25 posted 04/15/20 12:55am

domainator2010

funkaholic1972 said:

The Weeknd: zzz

Starboy was a good song though, I will give you that, but it was let down by his voice.

I loooooooooved "I feel it coming"!! One of the best songs I have EVER heard! biggrin

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Reply #26 posted 04/15/20 1:30am

slyjackson

domainator2010 said:

funkaholic1972 said:

The Weeknd: zzz

Starboy was a good song though, I will give you that, but it was let down by his voice.

I loooooooooved "I feel it coming"!! One of the best songs I have EVER heard! biggrin

It's a great song, but one of the best ever?

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Reply #27 posted 04/16/20 5:13am

domainator2010

slyjackson said:

domainator2010 said:

I loooooooooved "I feel it coming"!! One of the best songs I have EVER heard! biggrin

It's a great song, but one of the best ever?


May be, bro, may just be! Why - something wrong with that? smile

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Reply #28 posted 04/16/20 10:02pm

slyjackson

domainator2010 said:

slyjackson said:

It's a great song, but one of the best ever?


May be, bro, may just be! Why - something wrong with that? smile

Yeah, it's not great, not even one his best songs.

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