From Great Albums to Great Songs: The Weeknd’s Reinvention

My introduction to The Weeknd was the salacious Wicked Games, a track that spoke of adultery in an almost guilt-free manner, justifying Abel Tesfaye’s hypersexed hedonism with a dismissal of any real love in his relationship. It turned me off, seeming to me rather hollow and destructive, despite his silken voice – one of the best around – and gorgeous production. However, its musical beauty beckoned me, and I continued to give it a few more intermittent spins, without truly appreciating it.

That is until I listened to Wicked Games‘ source mixtape, House of Balloons in its entirety.

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From Great Albums to Great Songs: The Weeknd’s Reinvention