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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Canadian artist features contributions from such artists as Belly, Max Martin, Metro Boomin, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Tame Impala.
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Escape From LA
You pillow talk to me about the men who try to get in between us They buy you bags and jewelry, yeah They think your kindness is so weak Know you... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 20, 2020
    96
    The Weeknd’s music has always been about contrasts, and here the beauty and the madness are more smoothly integrated than ever. “After Hours” is one of the most successful musicians of the past decade testing the balance between innovation and commerciality as much as anyone today.
  2. 90
    “After Hours,” his rousing fourth studio album, is laden with sparkled trauma, kaleidoscopic emotional confusion, urgent and panting physical release paired with failed-state romantic dyspepsia.
  3. Mar 20, 2020
    80
    Here songs bleed into each other, with sonic references dotted throughout to neaten up threads that previously he would have left to unravel. By balancing the two sides of his musical personality – not to mention add some levity to that boring, bad-taste id – After Hours feels like the first Weeknd album in a while to offer up a clear, singular vision rather than something frustratingly abstract.
  4. Mar 23, 2020
    80
    Even though the subjects may not be sung about with as much grit as they once were, they are certainly darker than the pop genre that's entrapped the artist in recent years.
  5. Q Magazine
    Apr 7, 2020
    80
    Spidery tendrils of sex-and-drugs-related dread curl around dramatic synth-pop and twinkling R&B, Yet there's also a batch of tracks that draw from bombastic, slightly tacky '80s pop - a warm, funny and wholly welcome diversion from the stylish but sterile bleakness that remains Tesfaye's calling card. [Jun 2020, p.106]
  6. Mar 24, 2020
    79
    It’s hard to tell where the universe of listeners fixated on filling spiritual voids through sex, drugs, and romance ends and the universe of the Weeknd’s tortured, empty melancholy and drunken, devastating love begins. That’s the beautiful blur of After Hours.
  7. The Wire
    Apr 28, 2020
    50
    The production is flawless. ... But the obvious big tunes fall flat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 248
  1. Mar 22, 2020
    10
    He’s finally perfect the sound he’s been aiming since his commercial debut. A perfect blend of ominous, powerful production with the lyricismHe’s finally perfect the sound he’s been aiming since his commercial debut. A perfect blend of ominous, powerful production with the lyricism his fans love him for. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2020
    10
    I first thought this album was about to be Kiss Land 2.0 when I first heard After hours (the track) a month ago, and ended up believing thisI first thought this album was about to be Kiss Land 2.0 when I first heard After hours (the track) a month ago, and ended up believing this delivery is a dark version of Norman F***ing Rockwell!

    P.S "Faith" is my personal fav.
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  3. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    this is seriously my favorite project made by abel. he has matured his sound into something ethereal and with even darker lyrics and a darkerthis is seriously my favorite project made by abel. he has matured his sound into something ethereal and with even darker lyrics and a darker message than before. Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2020
    10
    An incredible experience. The weeknd blends his older albums and gives a seemless atmospheric sound that is forever. Best album of the year so far
  5. Mar 20, 2020
    10
    This album was awesome, it has some of Abels best vocals, and it was Abels best album in my opinion.
  6. Mar 20, 2020
    9
    A truly unique and mind bending experience.The dark lyrics,the beat changes,that SAX solo...just spectacular
  7. May 29, 2020
    0
    The album is bad and sounds the same bye. Imagine how tired stan twitter is of this fad. So generic. BL and IYE are okay, but as a whole?The album is bad and sounds the same bye. Imagine how tired stan twitter is of this fad. So generic. BL and IYE are okay, but as a whole? #flop #FNoutperformed #tank Expand

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