His melodies really let him down sometimes and on the opening run of bops the songwriting feels really expected and lazy. As somebody else said it doesn't help that all of these songs fizzle out after their second chorus. Nothing from Gasoline to Sacrifice stood out on first play. I don't know, they're all so... icy, and linear. And kinda boring.
Out of Time is the first song that pops immediately. Superb production. It almost brought to mind Damita Jo. Here We Go is okay but Tyler's verse is awful. Best Friends and Is There Someone Else? round out the midtempo section quite nicely. Starry Eyes has promise but then basically just fizzles out into an interlude?
Every Angel... has lovely production but another interlude featuring Jim Carrey spouting off about the afterlife? "Edgy... thought-provoking." If only his script could be described in those terms.
Don't Break My Heart is cute. I Heard You're Married is more of a certified bop. At last! I actually like the Wayne verse. Less Than Zero is an airy new wave closer.
The radio DJ concept feels not fully realised to me. I don't know if it's the rubbish words he fed Jim Carrey, Jim's delivery or what but it doesn't actually feel like you're listening to a late night radio show so whenever he pops up it's like, oh, you again.
A mixed bag for now. It's just not really very much fun.
Whenever The Weeknd pops up as a feature on someone else’s song, I know it’s going to slap. Still, I have tried to get into his albums several times with no luck. Something must’ve snapped because I’m 4 tracks in and really enjoying this.
I had almost zero hype for this, mostly because he's just been everywhere lately and that high-gloss revamped '80s sheen has also been everywhere for far too long, but it turns out I'm still here for all of it when it's done this well.