During the last week of November, Abel Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd released his third studio album, Starboy. A little over a year after releasing his double platinum album Beauty Behind the Madness in 2015, The Weeknd decided to shift his musical direction and innovate himself with this new idea behind Starboy (confirmed with a post on his Instagram). This album is an extension of his musical creativity as it goes in depth of more honest feelings and situations that The Weeknd reveals.
Although there are a wide range of songs (18) on this album, this hour-long project flows by seemingly quick thanks to the cohesiveness that he creates for the project. For the most part throughout the album, Tesfaye created a sound for Starboy that is slightly more enriched and round than BBTM but less dramatic than Trilogy. However, the Weeknd was still able to incorporate diversity within some parts of his album and make it work successfully. It kicks off with the single "Starboy" feat. Daft Punk that was released late September. This is one of the many electronic-funk songs on the project along with "Fasle Alarm", "I Feel It Coming" and "Rockin'" (which has the most uptempo sound on the album).
The rest of the songs on the album intertwines some of the best sounds between 90's R&B and timeless Funk. Most of the production on the album comes from the executive producer Martin "Doc" McKinney. Aside from The Weeknd, Doc McKinney worked with artist like Raphael Saadiq, Drake, Maroon 5, and CeeLo Green to name a few. The features on the album include, Lana Del Rey, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar and Future.
A few of my favorite moments on the album are "Reminder", "Sidewalks feat. Kendrick Lamar" (emphasis on the effortless verse by K. Dot), and "Die For You".