Do yourself a favor and download this album. Here, it’s free. And while you are at it, go ahead and download Thursday and House of Balloons off of the website too. Just click that little arrow to the right of the album art. They are all free, and they are all really, really good.
Before 2011, The Weeknd barely even existed. But within a year, and with some help from Montreal pal Drake, Abel Tesfaye released three full-length fantastic mixtapes, each of which has received well-deserved attention. House of Balloons presented The Weeknd to the world with memorable tracks including the dance-floor anthem of a title track and the more sultry “The Morning”. Thursday was a dark edition to our summer playlist with haunting crooners like “The Birds”. And to finish off the year with a bang, Tesfaye offers up Echoes of Silence to remind us that we will be seeing a lot more of him come 2012.
Echoes opens up with “DD” a fresh take on the classic Michael Jackson tune “Dirty Diana”. Tesfaye’s vocal range fits the track like a glove, and it’s nearly the best a Jackson cover can sound. Other songs talk of love, loss, and communication breakdown. Tesfaye tells story after story that we can relate to in and out of any relationship. And while nothing is truly lacking from Tesfaye’s storytelling or vocals, his songwriting and production isn’t anything to be missed either. “Initiation” is an electronic masterpiece that is as memorable for Tesfaye’s lyrics as it is for its beat. Other highlight tracks include “Outside”, “Same Old Song”, and “Next”.
The Weeknd is going to be the next big thing in 2012. He’s already got a spot on the Coachella lineup and he hasn’t even begun charging fans to listen to his music. Make sure to catch his three mixtapes before they disappear.