The Weeknd

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I went out to make coffee this morning and the roomies were playing Thursday* a mixtape by The Weeknd. I couldn’t really hear the vocals but I could hear this hauntingly beautiful music coming out of the speakers…

So, they let me borrow their mp3 player so I could listen to Thursday in it’s entirety. Honestly, the vocals and lyrics are adequate. What floats this record is the music. I think this record would have been cooler as an instrumental but, that said, I’d love to see this artist’s evolution. His work, musically speaking, is worth following and maybe maturity will bring greater songwriting ability. In the meantime, I have to admit I’m really enjoying the almost trance like music even with the oddly matched r&b vocals over the top.

The Weeknd‘s mixtape of Thursday is available as a free download on his website. Grab it while you can. If you dig it, you might also try his original mixtape release: House of Balloons.

*Warning: If this were a record company release it would have a PARENTAL ADVISORY sticker on it for language and subject matter (sex, drugs, etc.).

What new music is on your radar? I hope you’re having a great day this Thursday!

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