Canadian R&B crooner The Weeknd has been teasing fans this week with a surprise album, but they don't have to wait anymore. Late Thursday night The Weeknd dropped My Dear Melancholy, an album about lost love that sounds unmistakably his. The six-song EP doesn't have party anthems like the ones featured on Starboy, but it does showcase hallmarks of The Weeknd's signature style: slow burns, falsetto ballads, and that languid kind of quality that makes sad songs sound sensual.
A sample of lyrics from his opening song, "Call Out My Name" demonstrates just that:
We found each other
I helped you out of a broken place
You gave me comfort
But falling for you was my mistake
The album continues on with five more moody tracks, possibly about his exes, possibly about heartbreak in general. In "Wasted Times," The Weeknd reflects on "Wasted times I spent with someone else / She wasn’t even half of you."
The Weeknd produced his latest album with Frank Dukes, a Canadian DJ and record producer. Dukes has produced songs with some of the biggest names in the hip hop industry, including Drake, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj. My Dear Melancholy also features collaborations with Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Skrillex, and Mike WiLL Made-It.
Listen to the opening track below or a playlist of the entire album here on YouTube.
My Dear Melancholy hasn't been out for long, but listeners are already getting emotional over it.
And crying, because Abel wasn't lying when he called his album his melancholy.
Of course, some listeners have speculated whether the tracks are about his high-profile ex-girlfriends, pop star Selena Gomez and it-girl model Bella Hadid.
While others were just glad that sad Weeknd was back making sad music.
Despite the heartbreak and sorrow, some of these songs will probably end up on a sex playlist or two — alongside other babymaking music by The Weeknd. Fun fact: Business Insider reported that Spotify data scientists listed the top 10 songs streamed most frequently on "sex" platylists. And yeah, The Weeknd charted twice in 2017 and twice in 2016.
Fans might also expect a music video from The Weeknd coming up soon. The R&B singer was reportedly spotted in the small town of Taft, California with a camera crew, possibly shooting a new music video.
Earlier this week The Weeknd shared video clips with the caption "mastering." Two days ago he posted a screenshot his text message debating whether to "drop Friday." Then on Thursday, the same day of My Dear Melancholy's release, The Weeknd teased fans with a not-so-cryptic Instagram post of the album's cover and the caption "tonight."
The full tracklist for The Weeknd's My Dear Melancholy:
- "Call Out My Name" (produced by Frank Dukes)
- "Try Me" (produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, Marz, Frank Dukes and Daheala)
- "Wasted Time" (produced by Frank Dukes and Skillrex)
- "I Was Never There" featuring Gesaffelstein (produced by Gesaffelstein and Frank Dukes)
- Hurt You" featuring Gesaffelstein (produced by Gesaffelstein, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Cirkut)
- "Privilege" (produced by Frank Dukes and Daheala)
My Dear Melancholy wasn't the only new music he released this year though. The Weeknd also teamed up with Kendrick Lamar on "Pray for Me," a single off the Black Panther soundtrack.
Many fans will be excited to hear what they call the "old Weeknd"in My Dear Melancholy. The Weeknd arguably reached mainstream success with his previous album, 2016's Starboy, which won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Urban Album. Alongside Beyonce and Eminem, The Weeknd is set to headline Coachella from April 13-15, and April 20-22.