14 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the wake of his trilogy of 2011 mixtapes and his addictive contributions to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, Abel Tesfaye makes an expert transition from shadowy R&B trailblazer to full-blown pop presence. With assists from Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran, Beauty Behind the Madness is a brash collection of electrifying melody and brooding atmosphere. While the silky, Michael Jackson-like vocal moves of “Can’t Feel My Face” made it a Song of the Summer candidate, the hypnotic thump of “The Hills” and the psychedelic serenading of “Often” boast some of The Weeknd's best work to date.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the wake of his trilogy of 2011 mixtapes and his addictive contributions to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, Abel Tesfaye makes an expert transition from shadowy R&B trailblazer to full-blown pop presence. With assists from Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran, Beauty Behind the Madness is a brash collection of electrifying melody and brooding atmosphere. While the silky, Michael Jackson-like vocal moves of “Can’t Feel My Face” made it a Song of the Summer candidate, the hypnotic thump of “The Hills” and the psychedelic serenading of “Often” boast some of The Weeknd's best work to date.

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