Its officially out! Chapter 3: ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ has been released. As he is my favourite artist, I had to do a review, of course not being biased, as we can’t have that can we.
The album has been highly anticipated since The Weeknd had already released a few singles prior to the release, this includes “Often” , “The Hills” and the funky upbeat “Can’t Feel My Face”. He even released the video for “Tell Your Friends” a few days ago.
From ‘The Trilogy’ and ‘Kissland’, it was quite unexpected on what to expect for ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’, however with The Weeknd, regardless of him switching up his sound, he always remains true to himself. Therefore as I heard the album, I heard traces of his sound from The Trilogy, which is known to be his main sound. So if you are a day one Weeknd fan like myself, you will be happy to hear that.
Now moving on to the actual tracks in ‘BBTM’, My favourite would be “Shameless”, because it is the classical smooth Weeknd, as I call him the Trilogy Weeknd. It is one of those tracks that has that R&B feel, but still feels alternative due to his productions always being so unique. Warning: It is a proper sing a long track, so have your voice ready!
“Dark Times” features Ed Sheeran, and as we know Ed can hold a note, so prepare for a sing off between him and The Weeknd. Personally both their voices combined on this track, makes this a classic collaboration, they both sync well together. Given the track is called “Dark Times”, yes the track has a dark feel to it, but it is The Weeknd, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Your modern day blues/soul track.
Talking about a dark feeling, “Prisoner”, which features Lana Del Ray captures this vibe the most. The Weeknd and Lana Del Ray both sound as intoxicating as each other on this track, as they sing “I’m a prisoner to my addiction
I’m addicted to a life that’s so empty and so cold.”
“Tell Your Friends” is a Kanye West produced track, which you will tell by the sound of the production, as it almost has a “White Dress” feel. It’s very soulful, and classic Ye and the video is very cinematic if you have watched it, if not then watch it below.
“Acquainted” is another upbeat track like “Can’t Feel My Face”, however in a different way, as The Weeknd sings out his lyrics much more smoother, so this track is more mellow in comparison. The way he stretches out his lyrics in the track makes it impossible to not sing along.
“As You Are” is a track I heard and visualised the video straight away. For some reason I imagined The Weeknd in a white shirt, with the buttons open, a pair of shorts, just on the beach, swaying side to side singing to a woman whose across from him, or in the ocean. When you hear the track you maybe might understand what I am trying to say, hopefully!
This track is definitely one to go down as a classic, as it has such a soulful sound, even close to Sade’s “Smooth Operator”, minus the trumpets.
“Losers” features Labrinth and he was also involved in the production of the track too. The track begins with a piano playing leading to The Weeknd’s verse, however when the track drops for the chorus, then the production switches up to more of a head banger upbeat sound.
I will leave you to listen to the album below, and the rest of the tracks not mentioned above will be a complete surprise for you. Overall The Weeknd is usually the one singing about, as he says; “I’m that n***a with the hair, singing ’bout popping pills, f***ing b**ches, living life so trill”, however we do see a different side to him in this album, which is a nice touch.