Starboy – Album Review

Starboy - Album Review

Matt Bates

Abel Tesfaye, famously known as The Weeknd, recently released his new album titled Starboy on the 25th of November. Since its release, the album has become a sensation among millions of listeners globally. The album has 18 songs in total and includes other artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Future, and Daft Punk, and has already become one of the most popular albums of 2016.

Starboy is the fourth album produced by The Weeknd, previous albums being Triology(2012), Kissland(2013), and Beauty Behind the Madness(2015). Each album has its own varying style that differs from the others, but all basically wrapping around the concept of being a promiscuous party animal faced against the gauntlet of feelings and emotions within a detached and sexual lifestyle.

Abel’s genre of music is usually seen as alternative R&B mixed with hip hop. He tends to use many unusual rhythms and sound effects in his music that set him aside from the artists surrounding his genre. Abel stands out amongst other singers and songwriters due to his mature lyrics, incredible sense of music, vocal talent, and his unusual topics that are placed in the hearts of most of his creations.

Altogether, this album really shows the side of The Weeknd that we have already seen before, but shining different lights on subjects that we have not been able to witness from Abel, such as his fame and how it affects him in the present. The feelings that are portrayed from this album are very strong and emotional, allowing listeners to feel Abel’s pain, sorrow, numbness, and even hopefulness. Abel tends to pull the mind into his own foreground he has made for his listeners to truly understand what he has gone through and always tries to make them guess what will happen next.