After Hours; Initial Reaction By: Peter Snyder

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Last night, as I spent day 8 in self-quarantining hell, I was finally abel to see a light at the end of the tunnel. At midnight eastern time, critically acclaimed artist, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, who is more commonly referred to as “The Weeknd” dropped his much-anticipated album entitled “After Hours”. As I placed my AirPods into my ears, I was fully prepared to submerge myself in 56  minutes of pure bliss. 

As Track 1, entitled “Alone Again” began to play, a sense of disconnect from the real world began to creep in. One thing The Weeknd does so well is that he has the ability to captivate his audience in ways few others are able to do. When you listen to one of Abel’s songs, you immediately become addicted to it, as if it is some sort of magical drug.

One thing I really love about this album is how lean it is. Due to the fact that the record is only 14 tracks long, their not a moment of weakness in it and the fat of the album is nowhere to be found. Each song flows better then the next and as a listener, it is extremely easy to get through in one sitting.

Another thing that is worth mentioning is that the beats and Cadences that The Weeknd uses throughout this album are absolutely unfair. We all know that Abel can sing, but to see him put on a lyrical masterpiece like this is beyond tremendous. The Patterns and pulses that were used during different songs throughout this album fit so well together and made the overall mood of the record both loud and energetic, but soft and sexy at the same time.

When Beauty Behind the Madness dropped in 2015, I thought it could never be topped. The sensual nature of that album was on another level and I thought it was worthy of winning the Grammy for album of the year. Although Starboy, which was released in 2016, had some good tracks, it did not come close to touching the brilliance that was featured on BBTM. With that being said, After hours not only touches Behind the Madness but surpasses it in more ways than one. Between the flows, lyrics, beats and Cadance, this will go down as the greatest piece of art that Abel has ever made.

Total Score: 9.7/10

Fav Track: Faith

Would Recommend? Hell Yes

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