Average User Score: 6.6Dec 3, 2014I really don't like most of the songs. I loved PND1, and this just didn't stack up at all. I think there's a lot of room to grow for thisI really don't like most of the songs. I loved PND1, and this just didn't stack up at all. I think there's a lot of room to grow for this young artist. I'm sure something great will come soon. I think he just needs to sound like someone other than one that's only more vocally talented than Drake.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Mar 17, 2013The album is near perfection. If you're a NIN fan looking for NIN sounds, kindly smash your head with rocks. I don't walk into McDonald'sThe album is near perfection. If you're a NIN fan looking for NIN sounds, kindly smash your head with rocks. I don't walk into McDonald's expecting vegan food just because I know the fast food establishment has lettuce and tomato, so you shouldn't expect NIN music just because Trent Reznor and Atticus are present.
Having said that, the music isn't so far from NIN. Don't expect the faster, guitar-leading stuff, but the energy is still here. And Mr. and Mrs. Reznor have perfected the melting of their make-up. Hearing both of them singing together is just heavenly.
The electronics: they are just awe-inspiring. Trent Reznor just packs songs with unorthodox sounds and melodies that at some point turn into butterflies. It's quite wonderful to look at any single song and look at it from an analytical standpoint. Too Late, All Gone is a prime example. The song starts so abstract, but by the end of the song, it turns into pure (too pure) energy.
In conclusion, this isn't NIN, SO STOP RATING IT AS A F**KING NIN ALBUM! Jesus, it's like Trent has collected as bunch of fake, one-dimensional fans over the years. If the music just doesn't fit with your taste, fine, but don't pin the fault on HDA for not slipping into a NIN sound. That's f**cking stupid. HDA would have no reason for existing if they were just going to sound like NIN anyways.
I'm disappointed in NIN fans: you guys get a 1/10
HDA, keep up the fantastic work! 10/10
Favorite songs (not including bonus tracks from their first EP): The Wake-Up, Keep It Together, And the Sky Began to Scream, Welcome Oblivion, Ice Age, On the Wing, Too Late, All Gone, How Long?, Strings and Attractors, We Fade Away, Recursive Self-Improvement, The Loop Closes, Hallowed Ground.
The included EP is unbelievable, as well. I welcome all future projects from this group of geniuses.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Jul 8, 2012Echoes of Silence is a show stopper. The mix-tape starts off with a cantatas tic reimagination of Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson and,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
Average User Score: 8.4Jul 8, 2012The Weeknd's sophomore album is memorable, but lacking in the uber-quality samples that made House of Balloons so great. Out of the 9 songs, IThe Weeknd's sophomore album is memorable, but lacking in the uber-quality samples that made House of Balloons so great. Out of the 9 songs, I love 7 of them. Lonely Star is a perfect opener for the album; it will make you so hopeful that another perfect mix-tape is to come. Thursday also represents a step up in quality. The Weeknd, from what I hear, got some quality producers to help him out as well as created a completely new sound. I have to say House of Balloons doesn't sound like something that mainstream. Granted, that's why I love it so damn much, but it was too project-like almost. Bold albums like that are a rare find in today's industry. That's not to say that Thursday fits that bill, either. Thursday is still a daring addition but it's a bit more collected than HOB.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Jul 8, 2012I've honestly never discovered an artist like the Weeknd. It's not just about his voice or the beats: He's really telling stories. The storiesI've honestly never discovered an artist like the Weeknd. It's not just about his voice or the beats: He's really telling stories. The stories mostly revolve around this upcoming, young artist who's thrusted into the spotlight and his experiences. I think older, mature people can have an easier time staying grounded. The Weeknd makes mistakes and sings them for all to hear. R&B has a place in the future, thought hear the Weeknd's style is PBR&B or Alternative R&B.
Long story short, this is one of the best albums of 2011-present (whatever date you are reading this). I know I didn't say much about the album, but the mix-tapes free on the Weeknd's site. All you need to know it that 81 people can't be wrong.… Expand