The Dark Side Of The Weeknd Is Back In ‘My Dear Melancholy,’

No Complaints but We Want More.

I can’t even explain how amazing this album is. I purchased Apple Music just to get it on time. The 2011 me is crying inside because of the vibes it brings back and why so many fell for such a wonderful talent. For day-one fans of The Weeknd, My Dear Melancholy is a callback to his earliest release, 2011’s House of Balloons. With a sound that suggests it was recorded in a dark smoke filled room with the lights low. They may have the same vibes but those heartbreaks don’t quite feel the same when you’re a Grammy-winning, Coachella-headlining musical powerhouse. The new album wasn’t released in the fall as per usual which made fans wonder before it’s release if it was a single or a full length album. Before the drop, he posted: “Should we drop Friday? I’m indifferent, to be honest,” in a text message to La’Mar published on Instagram earlier this week.

Usually an artist releases singles, visuals and then the full project but for a Grammy winning, history breaker like The King of the Fall, who drives girls mad with just a belt of vocals, there was no need for all the extra stuff. With that, he dropped the full album on March 29 via Apple Music and XO fans everywhere plugged into the darkside of The Weeknd’s thoughts for 21 minutes. Twitter of course lost it and even celebrities like Norm Kelly couldn’t help but speak on it.

The EP starts off with “Call Out My Name,” which kinda sounds like a more dark version of “Earned It,”. Then you get the uptempo ‘Try Me’, that brings that ‘Often’ vibe with it’s boobing 808’s. “Wasted Times” speaks of him wasting time with one girl when another was in fact his true love, with lyrics such as ‘Wasted Times I spent with someone else, She wasn’t even half of you’ or ‘These girls only want you when you’re winnin’ (winnin’) But you’ve been with me from the beginnin’ (ooh, yeah, yeah)’. ‘I Was Never There’ enlist French DJ and producer Gesaffelstein, who previously has worked with the likes of Kanye West on Yeezus. ‘Hurt You’ revisits the fact that he may just be in fact the worst at relationships. Then he ends the album with ‘Privilege’, speaking on reverting to some old ways singing, “back to my old way … I got two red pills to take the blues away.”

For the fans that came in at the ‘Earned It’ era, this dark side may be new but to the ‘Trilogy’ fans, this album is exactly why we fell in love with The Weeknd in the 2011. Very raw lyrics, interesting story line and the vocals that can melt any pain away. The album also was accompanied by merch on theweeknd.co and two small videos exclusively on Spotify. View the rest of the tracks and some hilarious tweets below.

You can download or stream the album here.
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Ella Audrey Rae

Ella is the Editor in Chief of Gold Crwn Magazine. She also blogs on her website ellaaudreyrae.com about her life experiences and fashion. In her free time she designs websites for different creatives and retailers under the company 95LA. She is a Weeknd + Kehlani fan and loves tweeting inspiring quotes.