After Hours Review

Review by Aleesha

Score: 4/5 records

Popular Tracks: “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”

Personal Favorite Track: “Too Late”

Small Overview: The Weeknd created this new album with an 80s retro touch in mind. His tone of singing is very similar to Michael Jackson’s and with this 80’s touch, this could bring some nostalgia to listeners, even though the album came out in March of 2020. The genres in this album include R&B, hip-hop, and pop. He still keeps his normal key themes in his music. Within the 14 tracks on this album, he retains his dark mysterious musical tone, full range of tempo (fast, mid, and slow tempo), and unrequited love lyrical themes. Overall, this is a more refined sound for The Weeknd because of his careful mixtures of genres and his improved music production value. 

More In Depth Analysis: You may ask, well since this album has more of an emphasis of the sounds and music techniques from the 80’s, what did The Weeknd do to convey this sound? Well, I have an example. This may get a little nerdy so hold on to your spectacles. The Weeknd starts off the album with a song called “Alone Again”. In the breakdown of this song and several 80’s hits, the main melody goes thru lots of effects in a short amount of time. The breakdown can have a section were the melody is wobbly, another where it is stuttering, and another where it is distorted all in a very short time. Of course this is just one of the many musical techniques from the 1980’s that The Weeknd put an emphasis on in this project. Take a listen (Check out from our library) to find out more!

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