The Weeknd just dropped a new surprise album and it is full of heartache post split with Selena Gomez
The six-track effort, which is follow-up to 2016's 'Starboy,' was released with almost no hype, save for one obscure Instagram post by The Weeknd.
The Weeknd just dropped a surprise album today (March 30) much to the delight of his fans. The album, which came outta nowhere, is titled 'My Dear Melancholy' and according to the album's bio on Apple Music, it's a return “to his unfiltered, art-house roots with a release so intimate and tortured, you’ll feel like a fly on his bedroom wall.”
The shortish album comprises just six tracks at with a total listening time of 21 minutes, it almost skirts the category of an EP, but make no mistake - the six tracks are power packed and with their downtempo vibe, immediately relatable to The Weeknd's 2012 effort 'Trilogy', as several fans pointed out. “Abel new album is scary,” rapper Travis Scott wrote on Twitter as we reported earlier this month. “It’s like when I heard him for the first time.”
There was practically no announcement leading up to the surprise release, which is out via XO/Republic Records. The only sign fans got was from an Instagram post on Thursday in which the Starboy singer posted a screenshot of an obscure message that read, "Should we drop Friday? I'm indifferent to be honest."
Although 'My Dear Melancholy' answered fans' prayers for new material, it does raise quite a few questions about the person who The Weeknd is singing about on most tracks - the person who is apparently responsible for his dear melancholia. On the opening track 'Call Out My Name', The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye lays the line “We found each other/I helped you out of a broken place/You gave me comfort/But falling for you was my mistake,” and it seems pretty obvious that the lyrics are a reference to his recent ex, Selena Gomez.
As People points out, in the same track, The Weeknd had many fans questioning whether he considered giving Gomez a kidney when she needed a transplant last year. “I said I didn’t feel nothing baby, but I lied/I almost cut a piece of myself for your life/Guess I was just another pit stop/Til’ you made up your mind/You just wasted my time/You’re on top,” he sings.
There is an apparent reference to Gomez again on the closing track 'Privilege,' in which The Weeknd sings, “Enjoy your privileged life/‘Cause I’m not gonna hold you through the night/We said our last goodbyes/So let’s just try to end it with a smile/And I don’t want to hear that you are suffering/You are suffering no more/‘Cause I held you down when you were suffering/You were suffering.” So it looks like The Weeknd has laid his heart out bare after his breakup in this urgent and gut-wrenchingly honest album.
French DJ and frequent Kanye West collaborator Gesaffelstein collaborates with The Weeknd on two tracks. The album also sees an A-list of production credits, including the likes of Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel, Skrillex, Frank Dukes, Mike WiLL Made-It, Daheala, Cirkut and Marz.
Apple Music and Spotify users can stream the full album below:
'My Dear Melancholy' serves as a follow-up to The Weeknd’s last album, 'Starboy', which was released in November 2016. The project recently earned him the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Urban Album. So far this year, he has teamed up with Kendrick Lamar for the Black Panther single 'Pray for Me'. He is also hitting the road this year and the stops include some big festival headliner spots as well, including Coachella and Lollapalooza. Meanwhile, The Weeknd is also starring in his very own Marvel comic book which is set to be released this summer.