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  • Summary: This is the third of the Balloon Trilogy mixtapes offered for free via download by Canadian artist, Abel Tesfaye.

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She pop that pussy on a Monday She never falls in love But she heard me in the club, she put in work She wanna give me all her money She used to... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 3, 2012
    100
    A completely brilliant beginning to what hopes to be a long and bright career.
  2. Jan 12, 2012
    88
    It's an impressive consolidation of his strengths, tightening up his songwriting and sharpening his often disturbing wordplay.
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    83
    It's Tesfaye's total commitment to his ghastly persona that makes Echoes Of Silence so entrancingly chilling.
  4. Jan 3, 2012
    80
    Echoes is a profound listen that, despite its veneer of cynicism, oozes pain and crisis.
  5. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    The dragging beats, washes of synthesiser and eclectic musical references – chillwave and crunk hip-hop, Aaliyah and France Gall – somehow contrive to sound not just eerie and desolate but cosseting as well, inexorably drawing the listener into a deeply troubling world.
  6. Jan 30, 2012
    76
    The ubiquity of the Weeknd has saturated their latest mixtape, and ultimately Echoes of Silence struggles under that ubiquity.
  7. Jan 9, 2012
    60
    Echoes of Silence shows that Abel Tesfaye continues to evolve, and it offers a glimpse of potentially exciting future.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 8, 2012
    10
    Fantastic end to the trilogy of mix tapes, a great insight to relationships with women, drugs and depression. Great production : Great lyricsFantastic end to the trilogy of mix tapes, a great insight to relationships with women, drugs and depression. Great production : Great lyrics : Great emotion. It has a fitting tribute to MIchael Jackson which the King of Pop would be proud of. A one to watch in 2012. Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2016
    10
    This mixtape was incredible in every way. Lyrically, it tells an interesting story of a man who is emotionally tortured and the only way heThis mixtape was incredible in every way. Lyrically, it tells an interesting story of a man who is emotionally tortured and the only way he relieves himself is with drugs and sex. The sex and drug themes might be a bit creepy for people who haven't listened to it yet, but you will enjoy this album despite its profanity. The production is absolutely amazing in this mixtape(with Same Old Song being my favorite in terms of production). Overall, this album is a masterpiece.

    Favorite tracks: Next, Same Old Song, Initiation, XO/ The Host, Montreal, Outside, Till Dawn, The Dirty Diana cover, Echoes of Silence.

    Least favorite track: The Fall(The Fall is still an amazing song, but the other songs on the album are better.
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  3. Feb 1, 2012
    10
    The Weeknd is the next Sinatra. Really The Weeknd is the best singer out now better than any human. theres no arguement that would prove thatThe Weeknd is the next Sinatra. Really The Weeknd is the best singer out now better than any human. theres no arguement that would prove that The Weeknd Is not the best. Cant wait till he realeases the triology on CD so i can buy it support The Weeknd OVOXO Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2012
    10
    Just incredible how much creativity has come out of this guy in 1 year. This album completes the trilogy in a fitting fashion. "Initiation"Just incredible how much creativity has come out of this guy in 1 year. This album completes the trilogy in a fitting fashion. "Initiation" has to be one of the coolest songs in years. Expand
  5. Feb 2, 2012
    9
    Never have I seen an artist release 3 completely solid albums (in both music and coherency) within one year... for free. His artistry hasNever have I seen an artist release 3 completely solid albums (in both music and coherency) within one year... for free. His artistry has peaked (although he can probably top this on the next one!) and the music on EoS is absolutely amazing. Dark and grimey. His cover of Dirty Diana would make MJ proud. 9! Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2016
    9
    I chose to listen to all of the Weeknds work in one constant playlist in Chronological order. I have already listened to HoB a few timesI chose to listen to all of the Weeknds work in one constant playlist in Chronological order. I have already listened to HoB a few times before, and I haven't listened to this album or Thursday. After listening to HoB and Thursday, this album to me is the most satisfying to listen to. There is nothing new from him in this album, expect the same falsetto and beautiful instrumentals that are synonymous with his music. Expand
  7. Jan 24, 2013
    6
    Obviously he's packed all of his really good songs into 'House of Balloons'. Neither 'Thursday' or his 3rd mixtape right here can follow upObviously he's packed all of his really good songs into 'House of Balloons'. Neither 'Thursday' or his 3rd mixtape right here can follow up his absolutely awesome debut. I can't say that I didn't enjoy EoS because of Abel's fantastic voice and the nice lyrics of the songs, but he's pretty much retelling the stories of 'House of Balloons' (as Thursday already did it). 3 9-song-mixtapes within 9 months had a bad impact on the quality of the product. EoS's greatest moments come with the opener, a cover of legendary Dirty Diana, Same Old Song, and the title-giving closure that tells the story of the sad life of a stripper (also not the first time we've heard that from him, however). All in all, it's a good time to listen to - mainly because of his style and not because of the creativity in relation to 'House of Balloons'. Expand

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