Four years later comes the Weekend’s 4th studio album After Hours.
It’s as if The Weekend spent the past four years scouring underground warehouse parties for rhythms that could make his low-lit R&B balladry feel hedonistic, thrilling, and alive.
When the album does lift into moments of brightness, they’re downright radiant.
“Scared to Live” is sweeping and sentimental, fit for the final scene in a romantic comedy, and “Blinding Lights” a Max Martin-produced mega-hit boosted by a Mercedes-Benz commercial is about as glitzy, glamorous, and gloriously ’80s as it gets, starting with Track one “Alone Again” each song will get its own rating then we’ll give the Album a separate score.
Track One: “Alone Again” is the most important song on the album. It sets the tone and tells us what sound we’re going to get and Alone Again does just that with a production heavy beat, inverted vocals, dark lyrics and trap drums this song tells fans we’re in for a treat 5/5.
Track Two: “Too Late”, In this track he gives us a glamorous beat instead of trap drums, the lyrics are deep and have layers as does every song on this Album 5/5.
Track Three: “Hardest To Love”, This is really where After Hours takes flight this song gives us a beautiful twisted beat, but the lyrics are about the Weekend being difficult in a relationship and how it’s costing him his relationship 4/5.
Track number Four: “Scared To Live”, In Scared To Live we get a song that could have been ripped right from an 80’s romance movie as it samples Phil Collins drums and Elton John lyrics 5/5.
Track Five: “SnowChild”, This is where After Hours changes from 80’s pop to modern R/B as Snowchild tackles The Weeknd’s dark Childhood and rises to fame 3/5.
Track Six: “Escape From LA”, For this song The Weekend talks about how living in LA is a curse and a blessing he lets his vocals carry this song as he explains he has to leave before the LA lifestyle kills him 3/5.
Track Seven: “Heartless”, Heartless is that song you listen to after a relationship split that hurt you but now you’re feeling confident and are ready to move on 4/5.
Track Eight: “Faith”, this is when I knew After Hours had passed my expectations of being great with his trap beat, dark lyrics, electronic background and of course the Hans Zimmer esc outro 5/5.
Track Nine: Blinding Lights, Blinding Lights is the most 80’s song on the album as it has classic drums, twinkles and lyrics this is 80’s 5/5.
Track Ten: “In Your Eyes”, this song also has 80’s inspiration but the lyrics are dark as the song is about staying oblivious to your girlfriend cheating just so you can stay together 5/5.
Track Elven: “Save Your Tears”, this track is straight out of a Katy Perry album as it almost nails everything about modern pop 4/5.
Track Twelve: “Repeat After Me Interlude”, this is the song you listen to when you see your ex with someone else as the lyrics read “You don’t love him if you’re thinking of me.” 5/5.
Track Thirteen: “After Hours”, yes the album title track, this song is full of regret, pain,suffering, and Melancholy, The upbeat 80’s pop is gone as we enter our final track 5/5.
The final track number Fourteen: “Until I Bleed Out”, the final track wraps up all the themes on After hours nicely, but leaves us on a dark ending as he will cut the thought out of his ex out of his mind until he bleeds out 4/5.
After Hours is available pretty much everywhere on every device you can listen and download on Spotify, Apple Music, Sound-cloud, or you can purchase a physical copy at a local retailer now for the final verdict.
On After Hours, Abel Tesfaye aka The Weekend creates a new sound his XO fan base would consider a risk but here, the Album is bolstered by some seriously brilliant beat-making, muted, shuffling drum ’n’ bass (“Hardest to Love”), whistling sirens and staccato trap textures (“Escape From LA”), and flickers of French touch, warped dub-step, and Chicago drill that have been stretched and bent into abstractions After Hours passed all my expectations with his lyrics, tone, beats, and new creative sounds I highly recommend this Album and give it a 5 out of 5 stars.