ALBUM REVIEW: The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness
I have very few words to say about The Weeknd’s third studio album, and that’s not a bad thing at all. After a first listen “Beauty Behind The Madness” left me speechless and beyond impressed by the production and quality of these tracks. This album sees The Weeknd stepping onto the world stage and providing a brilliant album that will catapult his career to a whole new level. Opening with “Real Life” that is where I realised this album would be very different to anything else out in the market currently. It felt like the opening of a movie with its cinematic mood and electrified orchestral instrumental. “Mama called me destructive, said it’d ruin me one day. Cause every woman that loved me, I seemed to push them away. That’s real life”. Lyrically the album is so honest and is heavily focused around his sexual experiences and thoughts. It’s an album that will make you sexually frustrated, and that’s the honest truth. “Bitches down to do it either way, often. Baby I can make that pussy rain, often. Often, often, girl I do this often Make that pussy poppin’, do it how I want it often”. The albums sound is quite dark and is electrified by shredding guitars and thumping drum beats but when he strips it back he will have the hairs on your arms standing vertically from his raw emotion and power. His collaboration with Ed Sheeran “Dark Times” and “Prisoner” featuring Lana Del Rey are perfect examples of this with smooth harmonies and simple eerie production making these tracks very memorable. His cool feature from The Fifty Shades Of Grey movie soundtrack “Earned It” is included as well as his infectious and killer single “Can’t Feel My Face” that is still riding the charts and airwaves. The Max Martin penned “In The Night” brings a different light to the record with an upbeat pop flavor with production and vocals that are reminiscent of Michael Jackson. His vocals are one of the main things that intrigued me the whole time of my first listen. The way he effortlessly hit’s the high notes and provides a slick delivery is commendable. “Shameless” and “Angel” are the only two songs on the album that I wasn’t sold on and that’s only because next to all this other material it doesn’t standout the way it should. Prior to this album I was never overly impressed by The Weeknd but that has quickly changed. He has captured my full attention. I’m in awe. Expect this to be somewhere in my top 5 albums of 2015.