Favorite Albums of 2016: #12 – ‘Starboy’ by The Weeknd

  1. “THE WORST MOOD…”

My initial feeling upon completing ‘Starboy’ was that The Weeknd had repeated as my favorite album. “Back-to-Back” in less than 2 years. Incredible feat by Abel. Most artists would absorb the extra 365 days or even more between LPs. However, our modern musical structure panders to workaholics. If you’re not dropping an album every 6 months, you’re bound to get lost in the new music seas. That’s how Abel got his start: three quick EPs. Did he make the right decision with a quick turnaround… sort of? 

‘Starboy’ truly is an incredible record about how the fame monster recent brought out the darkside of The Weeknd. What it lacks in conceptional narrative (which was one of the high points of his last album)…  is hidden well by the all-star production team. They steal the show. Daft Punk, Max Martin, Cashmere Cat, Daft Punk, & countless others provided The Weeknd with some dynamite weapons. Every track through Sidewalks (feat. Kendrick Lamar) could be a radio smash banger. You’ll feel like you’re listening to Michael Jackson at his best. Expect living a truly out of control rockstar lifestyle. 

Ultimately, really wish The Weeknd took more time to polish some of the later tracks. Starboy would’ve been such a wonderful EP with B-Sides and such that didn’t make the cut on 2015’s near perfect ‘Beauty Behind The Madness. But I’m not complaining. The Weeknd could drop an album every month & I’d eat it up. Abel continues to only put forth great music. Which as a fan makes hitting play always a pleasure. (Especially when Lana Del Rey is singing about getting phucked… XD)

Noteworthy Tracks:

  • “Starboy”
  • “Party Monster”
  • “Reminder”
  • “Six Feet Under”
  • “Stargirl Interlude” 
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