Friday, April 27, 2018

Album Review: My Dear Melancholy by The Weeknd

So if I were friends with Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, I would have asked why stop at 6 songs? Just two more songs and you have a full album instead of a long EP. One more song as good as "Call Out My Name" and you have a very good album. I find it hard to believe he couldn't do another two songs, but being an artist is a tricky thing and maybe it just wasn't there.

A friend of mine at UK was a poet. A very good poet I thought and I knew a lot of the stuff he was working on when we were close. I didn't see him for a few years and we got to talking and I asked him about his work. He told me his life had changed so much he couldn't really even understand where he had been mentally when working on that older work and so it sat now in notebooks forgotten by him, never to be finished. Maybe The Weeknd went through that. Maybe he was in a place when he wrote these six songs that he was no longer in and just couldn't come up with another two songs. Who knows but it's a shame as it is it feels like the album just stops when it should continue.

The songs work very well together to make a coherent album but the key is that it has this one very good song on there which is the opening track and draws you into the rest of the album. Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad. If it were a full eight song album I probably would have given it 3 stars assuming the other two songs were as solid as these 6. If the EP had had one more song as good as "Call Out My Name" I would have gone 3 stars on the EP.

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