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[Album Review] The Weeknd – Kiss Land

’The Weeknd – Professional’
’The Weeknd – Wanderlust’
’The Weeknd – Adaptation’

A modern day Michael Jackson may have been reincarnated into The Weeknd. Ok, maybe not as legendary but the artist, also known as Abel Tesfaye, embodies a darker, troubled, and more realistic version of the R&B singer for this generation. After dropping the 3-part mixtape series House of Balloons/Thursday/Echoes of Silence and building up a well-deserved following, the Toronto artist trades in sexual overtones for a more polished sound on his XO and Universal Republic Records debut, Kiss Land.

With minimal press and promotion, other than the slight drama with fellow Toronto labelmate Drake, The Weeknd lets his music speak for itself on Kiss Land. Considering that this is technically his 4th full length album, the 23 year-old singer has developed a signature sound of falsetto vocals, atmospheric synths, and innovative textures revolving around relationships, sex, addiction, intimacy, and drug-induced trysts with groupies or strippers just looking for a night with stardom. There is an undeniable sadness in his tones and lyrics that only a lack of love and true intimacy can evoke with a studio perfected sound that Universal Records brings.

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[R&B] The Weeknd – Wanderlust (Pharrell Remix)

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Wanderlust (Pharrell Remix)

Hit-maker and Virgina-bred artist Pharrell Williams has been killing it this summer with a series of infectious hits. He’s already teamed up for some major summer anthems with Daft Punk s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” alongside T.I. So, it was only a matter of time before he took the time to collaborate with one of Toronto’s rising stars, The Weeknd. Getting ready for his upcoming debut, the two crooners drop a remix to “Wanderlust.” Adding some smooth vocals over a re-worked groovy beat, the pair were able to make a solid R&B/pop duet. This track will be featured as a bonus listen on The Weeknd’s Kiss Land, dropping September 10th. A full stream of the album can be found over at NPR

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