Echoes of Silence - The Weeknd
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  • Summary: This is the third of the Balloon Trilogy mixtapes offered for free via download by Canadian artist, Abel Tesfaye.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 3, 2012
    A completely brilliant beginning to what hopes to be a long and bright career.
  2. Jan 12, 2012
    It's an impressive consolidation of his strengths, tightening up his songwriting and sharpening his often disturbing wordplay.
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    It's Tesfaye's total commitment to his ghastly persona that makes Echoes Of Silence so entrancingly chilling.
  4. Jan 3, 2012
    Echoes is a profound listen that, despite its veneer of cynicism, oozes pain and crisis.
  5. Jan 12, 2012
    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.
  6. Jan 30, 2012
    The ubiquity of the Weeknd has saturated their latest mixtape, and ultimately Echoes of Silence struggles under that ubiquity.
  7. Jan 9, 2012
    Echoes of Silence shows that Abel Tesfaye continues to evolve, and it offers a glimpse of potentially exciting future.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. Feb 1, 2012
    The Weeknd is the next Sinatra. Really The Weeknd is the best singer out now better than any human. theres no arguement that would prove that The Weeknd Is not the best. Cant wait till he realeases the triology on CD so i can buy it support The Weeknd OVOXO Expand
  2. Jan 8, 2012
    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. Collapse
  3. Jul 8, 2012
    Echoes of Silence is a show stopper. The mix-tape starts off with a cantatas tic reimagination of Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson and, honestly, only gets better from there. D.D. flows amazingly into Montreal and then into Outside. These trio of songs have go to be the most dramatic songs the Weeknd has ever done. I just couldn't believe these songs were on a mix-tape. I wouldn't call EOS a comercial album, but it's the most comercial out of the trilogy. EOS was definately the best album out of the trilogy and it ends on the most well-executed song that I've probably ever heard, Echoes of Silence. That song, which shares the title of the album is just the perfect way to pass the baton from his mix-tape career to his professional career. I honestly can not wait to download the trilogy on iTunes, ANSI can't wait to see the Weeknd tear up the world with his debut album. Echoes of Silence is the perfect album. Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2012
    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. Expand
  5. Jan 5, 2012
    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. Expand
  6. May 16, 2012
    Great Album. This is definitely not as good as his first album House of Balloons, but much better than Thursday his second album. This album is simply amazing and is a must hear. Expand
  7. Jan 24, 2013
    Obviously he's packed all of his really good songs into 'House of Balloons'. Neither 'Thursday' or his 3rd mixtape right here can follow up his absolutely awesome debut. I can't say that I didn't enjoy EoS because of Abel's fantastic voice and the nice lyrics of the songs, but he's pretty much retelling the stories of 'House of Balloons' (as Thursday already did it). 3 9-song-mixtapes within 9 months had a bad impact on the quality of the product. EoS's greatest moments come with the opener, a cover of legendary Dirty Diana, Same Old Song, and the title-giving closure that tells the story of the sad life of a stripper (also not the first time we've heard that from him, however). All in all, it's a good time to listen to - mainly because of his style and not because of the creativity in relation to 'House of Balloons'. Expand

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