Echoes of Silence - The Weeknd
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 3, 2012
    100
    A completely brilliant beginning to what hopes to be a long and bright career.
  2. Feb 3, 2012
    90
    House of Balloons is still his finest hour to date, but Echoes of Silence comes damn close to it.
  3. Jan 12, 2012
    88
    It's an impressive consolidation of his strengths, tightening up his songwriting and sharpening his often disturbing wordplay.
  4. One of the more vocal complaints about The Weeknd's second mixtape was its lack of immediacy, which Echoes of Silence certainly outgrows.
  5. Jan 10, 2012
    83
    It's Tesfaye's total commitment to his ghastly persona that makes Echoes Of Silence so entrancingly chilling.
  6. 83
    Tesfaye's velvety melodies infuse his trippy minimalism like incense smoke, getting lost only on the too-woozy title track.
  7. Jan 3, 2012
    81
    A strong finish to Tesfaye's first trilogy, providing just enough closure to satisfy, and just enough mystery left to entice us back for the next round.
  8. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Despite a couple of missteps and the odd moment of doubt, I can't remember the last time a series of three full-length records released this close together has captured me--and others--in the way that this has.
  9. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    The dragging beats, washes of synthesiser and eclectic musical references – chillwave and crunk hip-hop, Aaliyah and France Gall – somehow contrive to sound not just eerie and desolate but cosseting as well, inexorably drawing the listener into a deeply troubling world.
  10. Jan 3, 2012
    80
    The mood is still dark, druggy and claustrophobic, but this time Tesfaye is channelling a pain that's less about cold emptiness than it is about more traditional heartbreak and longing.
  11. Jan 3, 2012
    80
    Echoes is a profound listen that, despite its veneer of cynicism, oozes pain and crisis.
  12. 80
    Thoroughly compelling and impeccably produced.
  13. Jan 30, 2012
    76
    The ubiquity of the Weeknd has saturated their latest mixtape, and ultimately Echoes of Silence struggles under that ubiquity.
  14. Jan 11, 2012
    70
    While some of the beats seem recycled from Thursday or House of Balloons they still sound good and don't detract from the songs [here].
  15. Jan 9, 2012
    70
    Disappointing as Echoes of Silence may be as a collection of songs, it nonetheless serves its purpose in giving the Weeknd's triptych a suitably grim finale.
  16. Jan 4, 2012
    70
    The Weeknd has helped make R&B a creepier place, crooning too-honest come-ons over cavernous, ballad-slow tracks that balance leering sensuality with vague menace.
  17. Jan 9, 2012
    60
    Echoes of Silence shows that Abel Tesfaye continues to evolve, and it offers a glimpse of potentially exciting future.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 8, 2012
    10
    Fantastic end to the trilogy of mix tapes, a great insight to relationships with women, drugs and depression. Great production : Great lyrics : Great emotion. It has a fitting tribute to MIchael Jackson which the King of Pop would be proud of. A one to watch in 2012. Full Review »
  2. Jan 5, 2012
    10
    House of Balloons was dark, Thursday was darker, and Echoes of Silence is the darkest of all. Echoes of Silence was the most anticipated mixtape of winter 2011 and it brought what the fans been craving from him; his breathtaking voice (reminiscences the King of Pop, Michael Jackson), the creative chaotic beats, and the eerie mixture into R&B. Let me just say that nothing will ever beat what the House of Balloons ever had. My personal favorites from the mixtape were......well, all of them. Full Review »
  3. Jan 5, 2012
    10
    Just incredible how much creativity has come out of this guy in 1 year. This album completes the trilogy in a fitting fashion. "Initiation" has to be one of the coolest songs in years. Full Review »