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  • Summary: Abel Tesfaye's three mixtapes as The Weeknd released from last year are compiled together in this remastered three-disc album with three new tracks.
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Wicked Games
I left my girl back home I don't love her no more And she'll never fucking know that These fucking eyes that I'm staring at Let me see that ass Look... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Nov 27, 2012
    100
    Even at its most oppressive (in particular the songs from Thursday), every haunted note of Trilogy seems blissful.
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    90
    Ultimately, Trilogy is more of a sonic landmark then it is a new work.
  3. Nov 13, 2012
    85
    Trilogy's triumph is in how it makes its three hours feel necessary to fully embrace it all, to acknowledge its existence inside ourselves and to vicariously live through it as art.
  4. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    Listen to House Of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes Of Silence in one go and you'll find that the music remains impressive. If there's one quibble, it's that as Trilogy enters its second hour, Tesfaye's lyrical ambivalence begins to sound a bit one-note.
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    80
    Whatever its limits, however, Trilogy remains a striking piece of work.
  6. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    While a gradual refinement is noticeable from House Of Balloons to Echoes Of Silence, a lack of breathing space between the tracks does them no favours. You're better off dedicating yourself to each album's meaty serving of revelry and regret in turn.
  7. Nov 20, 2012
    50
    The Trilogy collects three of the Toronto singer's 2011 mixtapes, but some editing might have better introduced him to the world outside Tumblr.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jun 6, 2016
    10
    I first purchased this album around my 15th birthday shortly after it was released. I paid a decent price too! I one day decided to listen toI first purchased this album around my 15th birthday shortly after it was released. I paid a decent price too! I one day decided to listen to the entire 2 hour and 40 minute total length, 30-track, 3-disc album. I have to say that this album is a soothing and lengthy piece of genius that only The Weeknd himself has the potential to craft. The beauty behind Trilogy is the slow-tempo beats and lyrics of "sex, drugs, and druggy sex" that are put together to make a truly amazing yet relaxing and mind-blowing piece of art. A highly recommended buy (physical copy is the best way to go)! Expand
  2. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    Individually I gave him a 9, 9 and 8 to mixtapes

    But I think the three together plus the three new tracks that are really incredible,
    Individually I gave him a 9, 9 and 8 to mixtapes

    But I think the three together plus the three new tracks that are really incredible, deserve reward Universal Republic and XO with a 10, for the great gamble that did in this play.

    A compilation album of mixtapes of a new artist of R B, in the times where really the R B is very low in popularity, is a bet very risky in commercial terms, but I think this time the public has valued quality over commercial.

    The best album of 2012 and really one of the best R B I've heard in a long time, The Weeknd has earned a fan.
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  3. N10
    Nov 18, 2012
    10
    Three mixtape's in one album, that truley is raw. Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) is vocally fantastic, one of the best, if not the best. The soundThree mixtape's in one album, that truley is raw. Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) is vocally fantastic, one of the best, if not the best. The sound of it is dark and creepy, many consider him as a darker version of Michael Jackson, for me it's just Abel, the storytelling and lyrics is way to diffrent but vocally I can agree to some point. The production is really good and fitting to his voice. A really good artist, while youre in to his music there's no escape. My favourite track's at the moment is (based on three songs of each mixtape) : What You Need, The Morning, Wicked Games, Life of the Party, The Zone, Valerie, Montreal, Same Old Song and Next.
    If you havent heard so much of The Weeknd, listen to this, buy if you like it, and the rest of ous... let's just support it. The Weeknd surely is a big name of our generations R&B, three fantastic mixtape's in one!
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  4. Feb 14, 2017
    10
    This is just because there was no 11 :) yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    does it
    This is just because there was no 11 :) yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    does it really need to be at least 150???
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  5. Oct 30, 2021
    10
    the growth in his music is amazing, and in this album he shows it again, the transitions that he makes when advancing each song is incredible,the growth in his music is amazing, and in this album he shows it again, the transitions that he makes when advancing each song is incredible, very well thought out of all those who put effort into this amazing album Expand
  6. Nov 15, 2012
    10
    As a whole it is a definite buy for someone that enjoys, the other new wave of R&B artists like Miguel and Frank Ocean. and a real ride for aAs a whole it is a definite buy for someone that enjoys, the other new wave of R&B artists like Miguel and Frank Ocean. and a real ride for a album as a debut record. Expand
  7. Jul 28, 2019
    6
    Trilogy has some classic-level music on it, but obviously the idea of his three mixtapes coming together is a bit unnecessary. I don't want toTrilogy has some classic-level music on it, but obviously the idea of his three mixtapes coming together is a bit unnecessary. I don't want to listen to many artists for almost 3 straight hours. So while there is great music here, digesting each mixtape, specifically House of Balloons, separately is more worthwhile. Expand

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