The Weeknd is undoubtedly my favorite modern day artist. I sometimes feel like a luddite in terms of my musical tastes because I more often than not prefer old over new. I’ve probably reiterated this ad nausea, but most of the current offerings sound either too pop, are too shallow, and/or have poor lyricism.
That’s why it feels like I’ve been waiting almost an eternity for a new, good album to drop. Starboy has high consistency throughout the tracks in quality and is far better than The Weeknd’s previous album, “Behind the Beauty and Madness,” which strayed with abandonment into the mainstream pop realm. Although different in feel to the narcotised slow-jams and plaintive lyrics of House of Balloons and Trilogy, Starboy is an evolutionary step in the right direction. The weakest track on the new album is definitely “False Alarm,” in my opinion.