Ashley Barnes, Chattanooga, Tenn. – Known for his tall locks of hair and mysterious persona, The Weeknd is quickly taking over R&B with his newest album “Beauty Behind the Madness.”
He brings back his signature originality and complexity by singing about a dark life but to a more upbeat style of music.
Abel Tesfaye began his career in 2010 by releasing mix tapes under the name The Weeknd.
The Canadian singer went on to create three albums including Trilogy, Kiss Land, and now Beauty Behind the Madness.
Because his music is a unique blend of singing, rapping and pop, he attracts a variety of listeners and fans.
“Beauty Behind the Madness” was released August 28 and features pop sensations such as Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Ray.
This album conveys sensuality, power, and the impression of a broken love. His number one hit “The Hills” talks about a struggle of lust over love with the lyrics, “I only call you when it’s half past five / The only time that I’ll be by your side.”
“Can’t feel my face,” which hit number three on the charts, is more pop than his usual songs.
The lyrics, “All the misery was necessary / When we’re deep in love” continues his message of beauty in light of madness.
The Weeknd demonstrates skills of combining jazz inspirations and modern pop while incorporating sounds similar to those of Michael Jackson, such as clapping, snapping and yelling “woo!” in the background.
His song “Tell Your Friends” delivers the uniqueness that all The Weeknd fans know and love. The song starts out with an unusual mixture of piano and a simple beat that are balanced together.
He breaks into the lyrics, “We are not the same / I am too reckless / I’m not tryna go in that direction,” instantly reminding listeners of his individuality.
The Weeknd’s personality truly shows throughout the song as he sings about his difficult journey from rags to riches.
The title “Beauty Behind the Madness” certainly fits the album – beautiful music behind dark lyrics.
His captivating demeanor and divine voice makes The Weeknd an artist to be heard.