eMusic Review 5
Sex and drugs have long been both an implicit and explicit topic of R&B even before they euphemistically called it rock ‘n’ roll. But sex and drugs – particularly sex on drugs, and especially sex as a drug – has never before so extensively and exclusively defined a new singer-songwriter’s sonic palate the way it has for Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, the 22-year-old shooting star who co-wrote and sang on parts of Drake’s Take Care. Self-released last year under the name The Weeknd as three separate mix tapes House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence and here presented as his major-label debut, remastered with three new tracks, Tesfaye’s Trilogy features 30 songs almost solely devoted to conjuring up the hallucinatory sights, sounds and spirit of psychotropic sport-fucking binges, as well as their ensuing physical and emotional fallout.
Over the course of nearly 160 minutes, Tesfaye consumes enough weed, coke, X, booze and cough medicine cocktails to kill a small army while boning enough strippers, pole dancers, groupies and slumming debutantes to breed a new one. Singing “We don’t need no protection,” in the first few moments of the opening track “High For This,” Tesfaye lets us know upfront… read more »