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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 84 out of 100
  2. Negative: 9 out of 100

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  1. Oct 23, 2013
    5
    The lyricism on this LP falls really shallow, bland and derivative. He sings into great detail over sexual themes and withdrawals and really sinks to rapper-lyricism levels. What he sings here on this LP isn't far from the crude, inappropriate lyrics rappers have (ex. 2 Chainz). His lyricism on Trilogy was more poetic or for lack of a better word more vague along the sexual terms. Here heThe lyricism on this LP falls really shallow, bland and derivative. He sings into great detail over sexual themes and withdrawals and really sinks to rapper-lyricism levels. What he sings here on this LP isn't far from the crude, inappropriate lyrics rappers have (ex. 2 Chainz). His lyricism on Trilogy was more poetic or for lack of a better word more vague along the sexual terms. Here he blatantly, and up front explains what he wants and what happens. (It'd be more specific but I'm trying to keep this review PG.) The vocal delivery is very ironic considering he sings about parties and lavish activities in a very morose tone, cause it's so sad to party and tour and be on a major record label right?

    While I did love the mood, emotion, instrumentation and production on this LP, The Weeknd's lyrics are too blatantly sexual, explicit, thin, shallow and redundant that he doesn't really come off as a romantic lover but more sleazy and shallow. This causes him to not generate any romantic appeal at all, which I can obviously see what he's trying to go for, in which he ultimately fails. If I was a girl, I'd back away quick. He's doing it for the kicks, let's hope that on his next project he can feel. For now, he's cold and incredibly underwhelming.

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65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Dec 4, 2013
    70
    Kiss Land covers musical and lyrical territory similar to 2012's Trilogy, but Abel Tesfaye's falsetto recollections of joylessly shallow sexual escapades still sound relatively fresh and novel. [Nov-Dec 2013, p.100]
  2. He still has an ear for production and his voice remains a pliable tool, but to keep himself tethered to an aesthetic he defined and completed within a year is to do himself and the listener a disservice.
  3. Sep 27, 2013
    80
    Ultimately the genius of Kiss Land‘s production lies in its ability to literalise Tesfaye’s fractured state of mind.