Music in Review: The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness

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I wish I could tell you that this album is as crazy as The Weeknd’s hair, but I would be lying to you.

Over the course of the last year, Abel Tesfaye, known by his stage name, “The Weeknd”, has catapulted from cult favorite to chart-topping super star.

Beauty Behind the Madness, the second studio album from Canadian PBR&B artist The Weeknd, has gained considerable hype following the success of its singles. Arguably, The Weeknd’s cruise to stardom started with his single “Earned It” for the infamous, albeit disappointing film “Fifty Shades of Grey”. Tesfaye controlled the mood of the film with his sensual voice and along with a James Bond-esque orchestra and, as a result, garnered the attention of all who attended viewings. Peaking at number three on the Billboard 100, “Earned It” would serve as a sign of things to come from The Weeknd.

Following the release of “The Hills”, the lead single of Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd regained the attention of all with its nonstop and active bass-filled beat that will be sure to challenge even the best of sub-woofers. “The Hills” is, arguably, the best track on Beauty Behind the Madness.

Despite all of these high-profile releases, the song on the album that would cement The Weeknd’s hold on the public today would be chart-topper “Can’t Feel My Face”, which reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard 100. “Can’t Feel My Face” indicated The Weeknd’s transition to the pop genre from his usual R&B roots, mixing a funky beat with vocals that remind you of the late Michael Jackson.

Produced by well-known hip-hop artist/ presidential candidate Kanye West, “Tell Your Friends” describes The Weeknd’s adjustment to his newly acquired fame. Here, Tesfaye reminds us that he is still the same guy on the inside that he was before all the fame although he looks different in “his new Benz”. Kanye’s influence is especially evident within the middle of the song with distorted cries reminiscent of “Runaway” on Mr. West’s critically-acclaimed album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With an excellent beat and relatable lyrics, “Tell Your Friends” is one of the stand-out tracks on the album.

Although not the best album of 2015, The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness is an interesting voyage to the mind of Abel Tesfaye and his acclimation to fame and fortune and the mindset that comes with it.

Gentlemen, all I can say is, if you have a girl, keep her happy. Keep The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness on rotation in your playlist.

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Justin is a part-time senior at St. Thomas High School and a full-time Online Editor-in-Chief for The Eagle. He made the website that you are looking through right now, and designs the layouts for all the articles on it. Justin participates in Speech & Debate, the Eagle Broadcast Network, Eagle Ambassadors, Model UN, Student Council, Political Awareness Club, and Columbian Squires. Safe to say that he plays a huge role in your life in someway.

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