Music Review: The Weeknd’s Melancholic Trip Down Heartbreak Ave
My Dear Melancholy‘, a surprise release from The Weeknd has sent nostalgic chills down the spine of his fans. With a dark, villainous sound resembling his first album ‘House of Balloons’, Weeknd sings about both heartbreak and the love he deserves. A sound we have become all too familiar and accustomed to. The six-track EP is the one for those who missed the ‘old weeknd’. This one is for you.
Lasting only 22 minutes, The Weeknd takes you through a rollercoaster of melancholy and euphoric feels, a drug-induced trip. On the opening track, “Call out my name,” The Weeknd sings out to a nameless woman who has wronged him. Wishing that she still needed him as much as he needs her, he calls out to the woman he loves. With lines such as, “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life,” people believe that Weeknd could be singing of his ex Popstar Selena Gomez. Whether it is about Selena or even his ex-girlfriend Model Bella Hadid, Weeknd puts the blame of the love lost on her.
However, The Weeknd’s “Try Me,” has the similar haunting and enticing mannerism as his previous works. As he artfully convincing his love interest to leave her current lover, he assures her that ruining her relationship isn’t his intent. “I thought you had some kind of love for your man. Well, I’m not tryna break up something.” The 4-minute track produced by DaHeala, a frequent collaborator, Mike WiLL Made-It and his understudy producer MARZ. Although Weeknd shows remorse for his past relationships (Wasted time), he quickly criticizes the lifestyle of his lover on “Privilege“. Making reference to the famous “Red and Blue pill” ultimatum from the Matrix, Weeknd suggest that he is going back to his old self. “But I’ma drink the pain away, I’ll be back to my old ways. And I got two red pills to take the blues away.”
The EP also blessed with the likes of Frank Dukes (Wasted time, Call out my name, Try me, Privilege, and I was never there), Skrillex (Wasted time), Daft Punk’s Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and more. However, French producer Gesaffelstein is the only artist featured on the EP. Gesaffelstein with a hefty resume of his own, working with the likes of Daft Punk and Kanye West, appears on two tracks on the album.
Taking heartache and making it beautiful is the Weeknd’s niche. Whether you’re a longtime listener or a new fan, My Dear Melancholy is not the album to miss. The dark, sexually intensity from the intro to outro pulls the listeners into an endless abyss of sexual fantasies and heartbreak. Sensual and satisfying in both the lyricism and production, the Weeknd paints sorrow into aesthetic poetry.