Starboy album review

Caeden Smithpeter, Reporter

Only one year has passed since The Weeknd released his critically acclaimed second studio album, ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ which peaked at #1 on Billboard 200.

The Weeknd had hit after hit with ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’. The lead single, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and follow-up single, ‘The Hills’ both peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. So, can The Weeknd follow-up that success with his new third studio album, ‘Starboy’? I think so.

The first single and title track, ‘Starboy’ starts off the record. It was released back in September and has so far, peaked at #2 on Billboard Hot 100. Lets just say, it caught most of us all by surprise. I mean, he cut his hair off (which he was known for…) and returned back to his R&B/hip hop sound from his first album, ‘Kiss Land’. It was produced by Daft Punk and it is a great first single choice with that infectious chorus and beat.

The next song on the record is ‘Party Monster’ which is one of my absolute favorites. I love the simplicity of the lyrics and the harmonies on this song are just amazing. ‘False Alarm’ was released a few weeks back as promotional single and it really didn’t stick with me.

‘Reminder’ is another standout track for me. One of the best lyrics of the whole album where he said, “I just won a new award for a kids show. Talking about a face coming off a bag a blow,” which is referring to ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ from the previous year.

Another fan favorite according to Twitter is ‘Die For You’ where you can tell that The Weeknd was in love while writing this, which is different for him to sing about on a track. ‘Sidewalks’ feat. Kendrick Lamar also seems to be a fan favorite. I mean, when you pair one of the biggest singers and rappers, a hit is for sure in the making.

‘I Feel It Coming’ which is also produced by Daft Punk is the album’s finale and second single. It is currently at position #22. It is a perfect way to wrap up the record and it gives me Michael Jackson feels.

So, what did I think of ‘Starboy’? I think it is his best album to date and will be another successful year for The Weeknd.