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Album Review: After Hours by The Weeknd

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Abel Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd, is a Canadian songwriter, singer, and producer. After getting a small teaser EP in 2018 titled My Dear Melancholy, fans were wanting more from him. Finally, in 2020, The Weeknd has released his fourth studio album titled After Hours.

The first track off the album is Alone Again. Besides the ascending and descending notes in the beginning, it opens up with his signature high-pitched falsetto singing. The real action of the track happens when the heavy, bass-rattling synths come in around the halfway mark. It switches up the beat, but for the better in my opinion. Just like a lot of tracks from Abel, this track talks about his relationship with substances as well as loneliness.

The last track smoothly runs into Too Late. This track continues to utilize a lot of synths as the backing instrumentals. There also some tiny elements sprinkled in there that are reminiscent of some popular hip-hop tracks of this time. With everything that is happening in his life with fame, he's saying that there's no turning back on what he has now.

Hardest To Love takes on a lighter approach compared to the previous two tracks. There's still a synth in there, but a very high-pitched synth that brings in the 'lightness' to the track. However, in this track, he knows that this relationship is going to fail, and he knows that his significant other is going to leave him. This could be a reference to the on and off relationship he has had with Bella Hadid. Also, in the second verse, The Weeknd uses the phrase "The house I bought is not a home," which could be a reference to one of his previous tracks in his Trilogy titled Twenty Eight.

Scared To Live starts off with an electronic-like organ. I'm sure it is still a synth, but with a special effect added in there. The track is a ballad talking about how his ex, or potentially Bella Hadid, shouldn't be afraid to go out in the dating world again. Abel hopes that he didn't ruin love for her and should have broken up with her earlier.

After that we have Snowchild. The synths bring a nice dark tone to the track during the chorus. During the second verse of the track, he makes several references to other rappers like Eminem and Jay-Z. He also mentions a science fiction writer and an actor. He basically talks about what his life was like when he was younger and how he came into fame quickly.

Escape From LA is definitely one of my favorite tracks off the record. While Abel originally thought that California (or Los Angeles) was the mission (queue The Morning), he doesn't enjoy the fast-paced living of the city. He also addresses the infidelity of his ex. After you hear a phone call sound in the middle of the track, the beat changes ever so slightly. Then he starts talking about how he and his ex would still engage in certain activities. He said some pretty bad things about his ex in the track, but would still do things with her.

Heartless is the next track off the album and is produced by Metro Boomin. Metro Boomin appears on a few other tracks on the album as well. This was one of the promotional singles for this album and it garnered a lot of attention. On this track, Abel talks about how he doesn't need anyone in his life. He talks about his fame, money, drugs, and how he can get with any woman that he wants. The Weeknd makes a reference to a previous track Low Life, which was also produced by Metro Boomin.

Faith is another heavy bass and synth-filled track. The beat ends up cutting out a little past halfway through the track and Abel ends it with an outro. There are a lot of drug references and how he went back to drugs after being sober for a year. He also took a little jab at Drake by saying that he was able to stay awake after taking "half a Xan."

Another promotional single for this album was Blinding Lights. If you can think of any 80s synth-pop song right now, that would perfectly describe this track. There's not too much to say about this track, it's a catchy track, but definitely reminiscent of some tracks of the Starboy era, which was The Weeknd's 2016 album.

In Your Eyes is another synth pop-infused album. However, I am getting serious Daft Punk vibes from this track. The Weeknd has worked with Daft Punk before, but they didn't collaborate on this project. Abel lets out his feelings on this track and talks about how he really feels about this person. He looks into this person's eyes and sees that something is bothering them. The saxophone bits are a nice addition to the track.

Then we come to a track called Save Your Tears. I'm going to use this next term loosely, but it's a mix of reggaeton and 80s synth music. It's a catchy tune and it has a nice groove going on with the bass line and the repeated off-beat notes. This track could potentially be about his ex Selena Gomez since there are rumors where he whispered "Selena". If you're interested in this theory, go to the 2:02 section of the track and see for yourself.

I was excited about the next track, Repeat After Me (Interlude) since Kevin Parker helped produce it. I didn't even catch it until I read the credits, and then it made sense to me that he helped produce the track. On this track, it almost seems like Abel is trying to manipulate this person into thinking that she doesn't love this other person.

Next, we come to the title track, After Hours. The track keeps on using this repeated beat/sound on the track. Abel talks about his relationship with Bella Hadid and seems to own up for his mistakes. Now he wants to apologize and ask for forgiveness. He says that this time will be different and he will treat her better.

The last track and shortest track on the album is Until I Bleed Out. The beginning of the track uses an electronic effect that makes it sound muffled until it finally comes into the clear when The Weeknd starts singing. At this point, Abel is at the end of his rope and he has given up.

Overall Rating: 9/10
Favorite Tracks: After Hours, Too Late, Escape From LA, Blinding Lights, Save Your Tears, Repeat After Me (Interlude)

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