A bit of The Weeknd for the weekend

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The Weeknd recently released his new album “Dawn FM” on all platforms. The album includes narration from Jim Carrey, and features from Quincy Jones, Lil Wayne, Oneothrix Point Never, and Tyler, the Creator.

We all know The Weeknd, also known as Abel Tesfaye, and his incredible music. The Weeknd has created the hit songs “Blinding Lights,” “Save Your Tears,” and “Earned It,” and will not stop there. He recently released his new album “Dawn FM” to all platforms, and did not disappoint.

Once The Weeknd’s velvety voice comes in, it is game over.”

— Staff Writer Allyssa Daigle

The Weeknd debuted in 2013, with his first album “Kiss Land,” and his music career kicked off. Ever since then, he has won multiple awards, including a Grammy Award for best R&B performance, a Billboard Music Award for top artist, and a Juno Award for best songwriter of the year. He has much more well-deserved awards, and with his new album coming out, he’s going to continue getting more.

In the song “Is There Someone Else?,” The Weeknd questions his partner, asking if there is someone else in the picture. In the song, he makes it clear he will do anything to be with his partner.

This album has a big ‘80s feel, and this song opens up with just that. It starts off with a relaxed, yet funky beat. The Weeknd used a lot of hip, techno beats in his songs on this album, and it never gets old. The way he sings so effortlessly in this song too has me stunned. 

One of my favorite lyrics in this song is “And I don’t want to be a prisoner to who I used to be.” In the storyline of the album, he is portrayed as the villain in his songs, but I love how he acknowledges throughout the album that he has changed and treats others better.

“Sacrifice” is about The Weeknd sacrificing his partner’s feelings for his own reasons. He does not want this person to catch feelings for him since he is always displayed as the “bad guy” in his albums. He tends to sing about his flaws which I  have always found fascinating, knowing most artists praise themselves.

The song starts out with a groovy electric guitar, and the base does not kick in until the chorus. The way the song is upbeat and energetic, yet The Weeknd sings so smoothly and calm truly amazes me. He has always been a musical genius and knows how to make any music genre sound extraordinary with his unique voice.

This song has so much meaning behind it. At the beginning of “Sacrifice,” he sings “Every time you try to fix me, I know you’ll never find that missing piece.” He explains he does not think anyone could ever fix him, and they should not waste their time on him. His wordplay in this entire album is insane, and he does not hesitate to stun his listeners.

Unfortunately, we are “Out of Time,” and have to move on to possibly the best song on this whole album. The song “Out of Time” was definitely my favorite, and to think he could not impress me more. “Out of Time” is funky yet serene, and I could not help but shake my head to the beat.

“Out of Time” opens up with chimes and a jazzy bass guitar. Once The Weeknd’s velvety voice comes in, it is game over. I love his alluring, silky voice in this song especially. I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again, he never ceases to amaze me with his music.

“Out of Time” is about The Weeknd being out of time and realizing his significant other is with someone else. He also adds some flute and chimes in the background of the song, which just puts it over the top. I enjoyed hearing his voice blending with different instruments he’s never used before.

In the end, The Weeknd never leaves his fans unsatisfied. He is always creating jaw-dropping music, and does not seem to stop. He is already at No. 6 on U.S. Billboard Top 100 thanks to his hit single from the album “Take My Breath.” His listeners are stoked about this new album, and rightfully so.