The Weeknd’s new album Beauty Behind The Madness is out and ready for you to listen to in all its glory.
It’s been one hell of a journey for Abel Tesfaye, more widely known as The Weeknd. With recent hits like his duet with Ariana Grande’s Love Me Harder and his mainstream success with 50 Shades of Grey track Earned It, Abel has slowly moved out of the underground and into a household name.
And now we have an entire album of 14 beautifully crafted songs to listen to.
Stand out tracks on the album for me are Prisoner, Hard Times, Often, Shameless, Acquainted, Angel, The Hills and the hit of the summer Can’t Feel My Face🔥
The songs and videos that have been released for the album so far – The Hills, Can’t Feel My Face, Often, and the most recently released Tell Your Friends (a song co-produced by music mogul Kanye West) – had given us a taste of what to expect from this album.
The Weeknd’s sound now reflects an Abel that, unlike the side shown through his previous work, no longer loves and leaves his women. Instead he now lets them know that he is not ready to give them what they need. In Angel, a melody thats name and sound evokes heaven itself, Abel wishes his lover well, telling her “I hope you find somebody to love” because it can’t be him. This is an Abel that has accepted his issues with love and rather than leave his women hanging or bragging about his abuse of them, he tells them the bitter truth in as gentlemanly a way as possible.
Collabs on the album include the UK’s very own Ed Sheeran and Labrinth. Labrinth is an interesting choice for song “Losers”… Where did they meet, how did this happen?? With Ed Sheeran’s growing success over in America it’s not hard to see why more and more people want Ed involved in their projects. Lana Del Rey also joins The Weeknd for my favourite track on the album, Prisoner. Both known for their romantic tones and lyrics of a life filled with torment created by love, Lana and Abel make for a great pairing. It’s definitely a song to have on repeat, and I really do hope that we get some visuals in the form of a music video for this song.
I can’t help but think that anyone that has got their hands on tickets for his fall tour The Madness Fall Tour will definitely be in for a treat with performances of this album.
After Abel’s major success with Earned It, some were quick to say that Abel had ‘sold out’ to be in the mainstream. Personally any day that I hear Abel on the radio is a great day. Take Can’t Feel My Face for example. The first day I heard it on the radio was the first time my parents heard the song. I was so happy to hear it, whereas they were asking me “Who’s this?” A few days later, it’s on the radio again and my dad’s singing along to the chorus. If anything, The Weeknd’s growing success shows that he has the ability to write music that anyone can relate to. And with his beats, it’s hard not to find his music good to listen to. Whether you want to be taken to your lowest with songs like Echoes Of Silence, sway to Wicked Games, bump a banger like Often, or hear the more family-friendly Can’t Feel My Face on the radio, Abel delivers it.
The Weeknd deserves all the recent success and growing recognition that he’s getting in my eyes. From going to a guy uploading songs to YouTube behind images of his mixtapes to being heard on the radio waves is pretty awesome if you ask me. And do you think Abel would be able to deliver creative visuals with his videos to the high standard they are without the money gained from his music being played on the radio and the sales from people that might have no real idea who he is?
The Weeknd’s new album is a rare album for me, in that it felt like every song felt really relatable (not sure if that’s a good thing or not to be honest). Perhaps it’s because The Weeknd is now becoming more open with his lyrics. He has this way in his music where he makes his cold feelings, a lack of commitment or disinterest seem acceptable because they make him more human. In Prisoner, The Weeknd states that he’s “addicted to a life that’s so empty and so cold”. Some of us want what’s bad for us; the pain, addictions and things we know that are unhealthy for us. So listening to Abel is a way of knowing that you’re not on your own. It may even leave us questioning the choices that we make… After all, his lyrics have the effect of delving into wounds of ourselves that we thought had sealed up long ago. Those cuts feel deep when listening to songs like Shameless and Prisoner. The Weeknd’s music touches on subjects or choices that have tormented us, make us feel those “Hard Times” we might have been through, and takes us to those late night thoughts and messy situations (like The Hills).
Now, I don’t tend to rate albums but Beauty Behind The Madness is a definite 5 out of 5 👑👑👑👑👑
You might not like the fact that he’s leaving the underground, but Beauty Behind The Madness still has that Weeknd touch of the dark and messed-up world of a man hooked on drugs and sex. Don’t believe me? Listen to it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.