Album review: The Weeknd – Trilogy

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4/5 (Universal/XO)

The Weeknd's release Trilogy.

The Weeknd’s release Trilogy.

Canadian RnB singer and record producer Abel Tesfaye put three songs on Youtube in early 2011 under the moniker The Weeknd.

He followed it up with three free mixtapes that were available to download from his website – House of Balloons, Thursdays and Echoes of Silence.

Trilogy is these three lo-fi records remastered and released through a major label.

Tesfaye’s nighttime trip-hop is echoed and captivating – a beautiful elixir of soul and electronica.

Vocally, The Weeknd’s aching coo is somewhere between Frank Ocean and Jamie Woon, and he frequently subverts the effeminate sweetness of his voice with coarse language and sensual recollections of sex and drugs.

Shimmering and hypnotic, Trilogy ebbs and flows at the whim of Tesfaye’s seductive sonic soundscapes.

This is essential twilight listening.

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