The Weeknd – Starboy (XO, 2016)
He’s a starboy and this is a star album. The Weeknd’s hit single “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, is addictive and its catchy beat matches perfectly with his pleasantly soft and melodious voice. In “True Colors,” we get to hear his more romantic and emotional side. It’s a beautiful song in which he asks that his lover be nothing but real with him. In “Die For You,” you can hear the emotion in his voice, making the song a deep and soulful listen. Lana Del Rey sings along blissfully on “Stargirl Interlude.” Her sad voice dives into a higher pitch and blends in harmoniously with The Weeknd’s verse. With high pitch electric guitar riffs in the background,“Sidewalks,” featuring Kendrick Lamar and Sam Smith is the highlight of the album. The Weeknd voices how the streets made him who he is. I must “say say say,” Kendrick and The Weeknd make a killer duo on this one. Starboy is exactly what you would expect and hope from The Weeknd.
Trial Track: “Sidewalks” featuring Kendrick Lamar & Sam Smith