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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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  1. Negative: 20 out of 337
  1. Mar 24, 2020
    10
    Lyrics filled with lows, pain, and regret balanced with high falsettos, upbeat rhythms, and an enticing 80s atmosphere. The Weeknd’s AfterLyrics filled with lows, pain, and regret balanced with high falsettos, upbeat rhythms, and an enticing 80s atmosphere. The Weeknd’s After Hours feels like a culmination of all his work into an album that truly feels like it was created for the late lingering emotions after the party. Abel’s vulnerability is at an all time high on the album, with tracks such as “Snowchild” and “Faith” showing the world a new side of The Weeknd we have never seen before. A side that is past the glam of his success and achievements, because at the end of the night he is still just another lost soul in the after hours. 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. Jun 12, 2020
    10
    Phenomenal production, flavored with the best instrumental tones of the 80s. Details the journey of his relationship with Bella Hadid, everyPhenomenal production, flavored with the best instrumental tones of the 80s. Details the journey of his relationship with Bella Hadid, every track truly contributes to the story and seamlessly carries on the narrative of separating from someone you loved. Expand
  4. Mar 20, 2020
    10
    Ha sido un viaje increíble. Toques meláncolicos y oscuros. Atreviendome a decir que es el mejor album del 2020 hasta la fecha. Gran trabajoHa sido un viaje increíble. Toques meláncolicos y oscuros. Atreviendome a decir que es el mejor album del 2020 hasta la fecha. Gran trabajo por parte de Abel. XO Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2020
    10
    The Weeknd is at his best on After Hours. Nearly a decade since the release of House of Balloons, and The Weeknd is hitting his peak.The Weeknd is at his best on After Hours. Nearly a decade since the release of House of Balloons, and The Weeknd is hitting his peak. Incredible song writing and production. A brand new sound that somehow feels classic. True emotion is felt through these songs and makes allusions and references to his own career. Excellent album. Expand
  6. Mar 24, 2020
    9
    Amo o modo como Abel entra no seu personagem, mesmo muitas vezes suas letras representando sua vida em determinados aspectos. O instrumentalAmo o modo como Abel entra no seu personagem, mesmo muitas vezes suas letras representando sua vida em determinados aspectos. O instrumental sempre nos conquista com seu ritmo e sua voz é simplesmente magica. Super recomendado. Expand
  7. Aug 28, 2020
    0
    Un álbum muy comercial pero que, si nos alejamos de los singles, hay canciones que jamás deberían haber sido lanzadas. Nunca entenderé por quéUn álbum muy comercial pero que, si nos alejamos de los singles, hay canciones que jamás deberían haber sido lanzadas. Nunca entenderé por qué muchos de los principales artistas actuales se centran en los singles y abandonan los álbumes de esta forma, que es lo que definirá su carrera cuando pase el tiempo. Expand

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