Thursday - The Weeknd

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Aug 29, 2011
    Listening to something like Thursday is the ultimate form of escapism that so many of us flock to music for. That's a quality that should be celebrated, not criticized for its lack of immediate pleasure.
  2. Aug 29, 2011
    In short, Thursday is a mixtape of subtleties.
  3. While less varied in the style department than its predecessor, Thursday is another intimate look at the Tesfaye and the life he lives as The Weeknd.
  4. Thursday continues a linear narrative that House of Balloons started and its far from an afterthought or epilogue.
  5. Sep 21, 2011
    Nothing on Thursday sounds like filler.
  6. Nov 8, 2011
    It's yet another labor of love from The Weeknd, and it does not disappoint.
  7. Nov 8, 2011
    Toronto outfit, The Weekend, have been hailed as one of the most exciting new sounds in modern R&B -- hype that, on the basis of this equally startling follow-up, seems entirely justified. [Nov. 2011, p. 138]
  8. Sep 1, 2011
    It's not quite perfect: his voice is the star of the show but is occasionally buried under the clever beats and production. But that's a small complaint about someone who's looking more and more like one of the most exciting artists to emerge this year.
  9. Aug 31, 2011
    The Weeknd is in full command of his craft, and at this point it's almost impossible for me to imagine that he won't deliver on the finale. He's earned my trust, as would any other artist who had already released two of the year's best albums.
  10. Aug 31, 2011
    Rather than crystal-clear crooning, we get choirs of Tesfayes swirling and winding around elaborate, meandering songs.
  11. 80
    Despite the ridiculously high highs of this album, it fails to maintain a great pace throughout. It struggles back and forth between "good" and "great," whereas its foregoer grabbed "great" by the balls on the first track and never let go.
  12. Aug 29, 2011
    File him beside Frank Ocean as an RnB star set to climb to new heights in 2012.
  13. Aug 29, 2011
    Though there's less breathing space on Thursday, and fewer melodic hooks, it still feels of a piece with House of Balloons.
  14. Sep 6, 2011
    It's a rare songwriter who can craft music that's so repellent yet also so irresistible.
  15. Aug 29, 2011
    To play the devil's advocate to the devil's advocate I just played, Thursday does shown a sonic growth from House of Balloons. It even dares – gasp – to up the tempo, bringing in a rapid fire hi-hat to propel the hook of Life of the Party and giving Heaven or Las Vegas a multi-instrument, layered sound we hadn't heard from them before.
  16. Sep 1, 2011
    But by continuing to relentlessly mine the same fundamentally limited descriptions of groupies and Schedule VI narcotics, The Weeknd risks coming off as bored as its debauched narrator.
  17. Aug 30, 2011
    While it's refreshing to hear an R&B singer emphasizing the psychic toll of libertinism, his angst sex grows tiresome. Once in a while, can't this dude just get laid, and have fun doing it?
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 9, 2011
    AMAZING album, fantastic sounds very catchy and The Weeknd vocals add to the already amazing album, Also his producers are some of the best out there crystal clear sound quality. This is basically a gift hence the fact that you can download it legally for free in his official website Full Review »
  2. Oct 22, 2011
    This album is so fantastic. The Weeknd is IMO the most creative and intriguing artist out there right now. This album is not as consistent as House of Balloons but has higher highs. the self titled track, The Zone, and the Birds Part I and II are all incredible songs with so much depth and emotion in the singing. The Weeknd is surely growing as an artist, and singer, and a producer. The reviews claiming it's just "more of the same" weren't listening very closely. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    The Weeknd established himself as someone who has the capability to produce and spread real music out there, and yet he is still underrated, or overrated by someone who is not on the right mind. The very intriguing use of folk, acoustic and face-paced PBR&B clearly proves his creativity in bonding soul and electronic sounds. Highlight mixtape tracks are the romantically tranquil ''Rolling Stone'', the abstract and ninja-like tune ''Lonely Star'' and the Electronic folk combo ''The Birds Part 1''.
    Well done Abel!
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