The Weeknd brings his usual dark, moody R&B style to his newest record, and it’s more consistent than nearly all of his previous efforts.
You could easily argue that The Weeknd is perhaps the biggest pop star of the last ten years.
He’s kept up a consistently stellar track record when it comes to big, chart-topping albums and singles, and has remained the soundtrack to many a social media trend over the years. Whether it was the moody drums in ‘The Hills’ back in 2015 or the glitzy synths in 2020’s ‘Blinding Lights’, The Weeknd has a knack for knowing what sticks, and ‘After Hours’ is arguably his best album to date.
Everything you’d expect is present here. Nearly every song revels in drama, self-loathing, nihilistic behaviours, and isolated loneliness, The Weeknd’s reverbed vocals echoing against whispery instrumentals that were designed for night time listening. Each track creates towering soundscapes that wouldn’t be out of place as the soundtrack to a new wave cyberpunk movie.
We’re treated to a strong introduction on the opening track ‘Alone Again’, which quickly falls into the remorseful ‘Too Late’, where we hear The Weeknd lament a relationship that’s no longer viable, admitting he ‘let down’ an unknown partner.