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Average User Score: 7.9Dec 6, 2016Solid 9 on production creativity (Shout out to Daft Punk!) but a strong 8 overall. Why? The Weeknd's career from Trilogy to Starboy is like aSolid 9 on production creativity (Shout out to Daft Punk!) but a strong 8 overall. Why? The Weeknd's career from Trilogy to Starboy is like a creature crawling out from under the bed in the dark, to now laying in the bed with the lights on. With a new haircut. While singing. At first the singing was kind of creepy and alluring, but now its more open and inviting.
The Weeknd has talent! Amazing talent that makes it impossible for him to put out a truly bad album, especially since his core subject matter ( his voice, sex, love like themes, drugs, mistrust, money now, & more sex) are ever present.
The artist we see now is much more exploratory than when he debuted, "False Alarm" should be all the proof anyone needs. As he says in the title track, he "switch out his style & take any lane," very clearly refusing to limit himself. I applaud him for that, and since every song on the album debuted on the Billboard hot 100 at the same time I'd say its working. Now mind you, this album is a tribute to David Bowie & Prince, which Weeknd is no stranger to showing respect to those that came before him (D.D from Trilogy is still my favorite one to date). It was a very good tribute, people dont know that.
He himself is a little of the same, but his behavior communicated through the music used to carry a strong undertone of regret and confusion regarding his actions with women. "Twenty-Eight", anyone? Now, his music is a little confusing. I guess all his one night stands get him on " A Lonely Night" but he will also die for someone? Is that person Valerie? :D I'm just not sure. How'd we get from "Thursday" to here? He found this more sincere part of himself on BBTM with Earned It, and it was his first #1 single. So now, we mix that new exploratory Weeknd, with more fame & ego, and old Weeknd. Bam. Starboy.
Anyway, we core Weeknd fans just aren't sure what to do with this newly super confidant, resigned to his destruction Starboy. In the darkness, there was this hope that things could change and get better maybe. Now, he says its too late for him and we should give up. Never! He can bring back that deeper part of himself anytime he wants. Please, feel free to reflect everything whenever you want! A mixtape would be fine again, just like when he started. We'll be waiting… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Apr 30, 2014So, I heard this album the first time and was not super impressed. I found myself comparing August to other artists such as The Weeknd or evenSo, I heard this album the first time and was not super impressed. I found myself comparing August to other artists such as The Weeknd or even (although you really shouldn't) Chris Brown. But, I turned on sudoku and gave him more listens. His pre-released singles such as I Luv this Sh*t and Numb are what gets his voice in your ear, you know, make you like hearing him on repeat. They are why I came. Once in the album, songs like FML, Testify, and No Love (Im biased here, going through breakups and all) draw you more into who he is. Make it home with Jeezy, Grind and Pray/Get Ya Money with Fabolous, and Ghetto with Yo Gotti are worthy listens as well. These songs all really do work together to paint a picture of who August Alsina is, what he wants, what makes him tick. That is generally what you want from a debut.
This all said, this album is a little different. The production has a bit of a unique twist within it, this is what makes his sound maybe a little off sounding at first, but his sound is overall more enjoyable once his entire album is digested. Try to the journey one full time no distractions. 8.5/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Jun 18, 2013The joy of being a fan of a particular artist is watching that artist develop, to evolve their music while keeping /growing what made us loveThe joy of being a fan of a particular artist is watching that artist develop, to evolve their music while keeping /growing what made us love them in the first place. Why love Chance? He is crazy, goofy, and funny, but also introspective, value oriented, and deeply caring of what happens to his family and the community he is apart of. He's the type of rapper to talk about how its been a "long time" since he's seen his grandmother smile, then turn around and ask the "f*!# you talm bout" if you come at him the wrong way because of what his city has taught him. That's a little of what we get from #10Day, which I believe deserves at least a 7 out of 10 due to its sheer amount of different from what the mainstream provides. Then he gives us Acid Rap. As the title suggests, its a little bit trippy, but not in a negative way. On this mixtape, Chance fans should immediately notice the increased level of production, a slightly more mature Chance since high school evidenced by songs like "Paranoia(second half of Pusha Man), "Lost," "Everybody's Something", and "Acid Rain", and a rapper that still lets us know he's down to party and have fun on songs like "Juice," "Smoke Again," "Nana," and "Favorite Song." We even get a bit of both on the songs "Cocoa Butter Kisses" and "Chain Smoker." The order of the mixtape is well put together, beginning with a hyped kind of intro and ending with a mellowed out, yet slightly hyped outro. Fitting, because that fits the mood of how the tracks transition in the order of the tape. He's in your face. He wants to be your hero because he's worried problems of a troubled community, and he's both, an aspiring "Captain-save-a-hood" indeed. Although his voice is quite different from most of the mainstream, perhaps it needs to be to catch the average listeners attention, maybe not. He is defiantly an artist that does take adjustment to, so that his always present signature high pitched screech of a voice may be enjoyed. Once the voice barrier is passed, its then all about his lyrics and the beats, both appropriately placed on "Acid Rap." He successfully gives the listener a clear picture of growing up in a troubled Chicago community, presenting a scared but nevertheless caring young man that wants everyone to know his story, and hopefully create some change. So. Good message. Not overly simplistic, developed beats. And lyrics that can alternately fit at a party or a deep thinking session. Sounds like a top-notch mixtape to me… Expand