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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the Canadian artist features guest appearances from Lana Del Rey, Labrinth, and Ed Sheeran.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Aug 31, 2015
    90
    Beauty Behind the Madness proves that the Weeknd can thrive in the mainstream, and while the lyrics aren't overtly profound, he's proven that he is more versatile than previously thought, which is perhaps of greater importance at this stage in his career.
  2. Aug 31, 2015
    85
    As a cohesive album, Beauty Behind The Madness showcases artistic growth and sonic progression through danceable pop deliveries like 'In The Night' and grand acoustics like 'Shameless'.
  3. Aug 31, 2015
    80
    An impressive and revealing new album full of expertly crafted pop songs with clear-cut commercial goals.
  4. He may have softened his edge, upped the production and pulled in the stars, but The Weeknd remains an outsider.
  5. 67
    As good as these songs are, their lyrical monotony can be punishing.
  6. 60
    Beauty Behind the Madness leaves one feeling just as estranged from Abel Tesfaye’s depraved character as previous releases boasting less adhesive tunes.
  7. 50
    This is the same old monotonous Weeknd melancholy, only distilled through a huge pop filter. Which certainly makes it listenable, and a little bit nicer, but far from the innovative mainstream breakthrough album we were promised.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 58
  2. Negative: 1 out of 58
  1. Dec 1, 2016
    10
    All the songs from this album are #1 in my personal favorites. He combines his dark lyrics with some serious catchy beat. BBTM is one of TheAll the songs from this album are #1 in my personal favorites. He combines his dark lyrics with some serious catchy beat. BBTM is one of The Weeknds' best and will go down in one of the best albums from the last decade. And lets not forget, this is the album that gave Abel his fame. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What caught me most about this album was the indirect story that it tells. Abel starts off being Abel by describing his world ("Real Life"), then proceeds to meet a girl and describe his view on love and relationships to her ("Losers.") They strike up typical visits in which Abel continues to be Abel about it ("Tell Your Friends") and describes how she is when he and crew are around ("Often"). However, Abel's attitude changes. He begins to develop feelings and wants her around more ("The Hills"). Eventually, he admits up to her that he is beginning to have feelings for the girl ("Acquainted"). He then describes how she makes him feel and that she may be the "death" of him ("Can't Feel My Face" the death of the old Abel). He then tells her that he has no reserves about how she makes him feel and doesn't want to hide it ('Shameless") and that she has willfully made him feel this way ("Earned It"). However, she still has her reserves and doesn't seem ready to commit to him ("In the Night") and Abel begins to realize that he loves her for the fact that she reminds him of himself and how he has been ("As You Are") and also begins to realize that he can't escape the dark side of himself ("Prisoner"). Upon sadly realizing things aren't going to work out they end it and go their separate ways ("Dark Times"). In the end he is left wondering and wishing the best for a former love he missed out on ("Angel"). Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2015
    10
    I been following since the House Of Balloons days, and after Kiss Land album (wich i like), i doubt that he can be successful and maintainsI been following since the House Of Balloons days, and after Kiss Land album (wich i like), i doubt that he can be successful and maintains his unique style. But he proves that he can make a good pop commercial album with quality and don't change his essential style.

    Songs like Real Life, Often, The Hills, Acquainted and Shamless prove that. He has good radio songs friendly like Earned It and Can't Feel My Face.

    He makes three artists collaborations with which we are not used, and lose his vibe. The Ed Sheeran colaboration is amazing, same for the Lana Del Rey. And he proves in the past that can make good collaboration with R&B and rap artist, but now he moves on another level and he doing so great.

    It's difficult to say if this is the album of the year or not, but he has more 10 on individual tracks than any other album of this year. Maybe Kendrick Lamar album is more complete with the whole package, but on individual tracks this is the album!! There aren't bad songs on it.
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  4. Aug 28, 2015
    9
    Is no the better album for me , but **** this is FIRE. I'm a great admirer of WEEKND style , this album is not so different from others justIs no the better album for me , but **** this is FIRE. I'm a great admirer of WEEKND style , this album is not so different from others just a bit but this difference is positive, is a masterpiece. Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2015
    7
    Nothing but satisfaction comes from The Weeknd's second studio album. Whether you're a die hard fan of the artist or just a fan of his everNothing but satisfaction comes from The Weeknd's second studio album. Whether you're a die hard fan of the artist or just a fan of his ever growing list of successful singles, you're in for a treat with this incredible album from a truly incredible artist.
    Starting off with a bang with the unforgettable Real Life, The Weeknd sets up for the bar to be raised higher and higher as the album continues on. Despite songs such as, Losers, Tell your Friends, Acquainted, In the Night, and As You Are, which are by no means poor, they just seem to be forgettable compared to the high class of the rest of the album. Singles: Often, The Hills, Can't Feel My Face, and Earned It have all received their own fair share of commercial success and for good reasons. Beauty Behind the Madness wouldn't have even come close to the success it has received without its precursor singles and their ability to invoke a variety of emotions into its listeners.
    For the rest of the album we see the true artistry within the artist that is The Weeknd. From the incredible lyrics of Shameless, to the passion and soul within every word of Dark Times, to the hauntingly beautiful Prisoner, The Weeknd definitely has another top 10 single on his hands, especially in the upcoming winter market.
    What is any classic album without an absolutely breathtaking conclusion though? The Weeknd and Pop/R&B fans will have this album on repeat for years to come and the album itself wouldn't nearly quite be what it is without its unforgettable conclusion. Angel not only overshadows the rest of the album, but it overshadows most music being made today. As each second passes in the 6+ minute Angel, it just gets better and better. The listener is completely consumed in true art and music. Not since Kanye West's Dark Twisted Fantasy album has a piece of music brought along such imagery and class with it. From the elite vocals, to the powerful backtrack, to the inspiring chorus and featuring artist, to the passion of its lyrics Angel is a classic all on its own. Even though Angel may not find itself as a single in the modern day commercial market, it's truly one of the greatest songs in recent history and just goes to show that The Weeknd has a special niche in the music business that will hopefully allow him to go on to create plenty of even more incredible studio albums. Beauty Behind the Madness is going to go on to be known in history as one of the best albums of 2015 and its class is only heightened by its hidden treat at track 14.
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  6. Aug 31, 2015
    7
    Rating:75/100
    Favourite Tracks:Can't Feel My Face,In The Night,Often
    Least Favourite Tracks:Earned It (I was so sad when the Tracklist was
    Rating:75/100
    Favourite Tracks:Can't Feel My Face,In The Night,Often
    Least Favourite Tracks:Earned It (I was so sad when the Tracklist was revealed and earned it was there),Prisoner,Angel
    I loved it up until 'Earned It' and then he kind of recovered it on the two tracks after but then oh wait he lost me again with 3 uninteresting tracks for he last 10 minutes. I was really looking forward to this album after hearing 'Can't Feel My Face' and 'The Hills' (Yh I'm not a true Weeknd fan I know) as I thought Abel was going to put out a darker, more pop influenced album and Yh he kind of did for some parts of the album but there are other parts that aren't really catchy enough to be pop. They kind of go back to 'Kiss Land' Weeknd; just weak r&b songs with mediocre songwriting. I'm not saying there's any great songwriting but the tracks I like have other redeeming factors like some really atmospheric production or a really melodic chorus that I can't get out of my head. I did like most of the album though because of the reasons mentioned. I thought it was a clever move to get Lana Del Ray on a track as she's kind of like the girl he's always **** going on about and it seems like the perfect collaboration but still those two on a track does make me want to kill myself. I think this album would go hard in the car. Well, some of it. You can't really pin it to a certain emotion or place because of how diverse and experimental the album is but that ultimately leads to a very uncohesive project. That might be the reasoning for the title 'Beauty Behind the Madness' and you know that's cool but I'm not finding the beauty. Just Madness would have been more fitting. I guess die hard Weeknd fans will dig all of it but I can't really see a casual Weeknd listener hearing this and loving the **** out of it.
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  7. Sep 19, 2015
    0
    Hate his pop music, it's kinda sad how he used to be good and then bam! He turned mainstream. This album was plain bad. Sorry Weeknd, but IHate his pop music, it's kinda sad how he used to be good and then bam! He turned mainstream. This album was plain bad. Sorry Weeknd, but I guess the new fans can replace your old ones. :/ Expand

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