The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

Beauty Behind The Madness

The Weeknd

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Released on August 28, 2015 by Universal-Island Records Ltd.

Main artist: The Weeknd

Genre: Soul/Funk/R&B > R&B

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Album : 1 disk - 14 tracks Total length : 01:05:06

  1. 1 Real Life

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Jason Quenneville, Author, Composer - Stephan Moccio, Author, Composer

  2. 2 Losers

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Labrinth, Featured Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Timothy McKenzie, Author, Composer - Carlo Montagnese, Author, Composer

  3. 3 Tell Your Friends

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Kanye West, Author, Composer - Christopher Pope, Author, Composer - Carlo Montagnese, Author, Composer - Carl Marshall, Author, Composer - Robert Holmes, Author, Composer

  4. 4 Often

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Ben Diehl, Author, Composer - Jason Quenneville, Author, Composer - Ahmad Balshe, Author, Composer - Danny Schofield, Author, Composer - Ali Kocatepe, Author, Composer - Sabahattin Ali, Author, Composer - Osman Ismen, Author, Composer

  5. 5 The Hills

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Ahmad Balshe, Author, Composer - Emmanuel Nickerson, Author, Composer - Carlo Montagnese, Author, Composer

  6. 6 Acquainted

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Jason Quenneville, Author, Composer - Carlo Montagnese, Author, Composer - Benjamin Diehl, Author, Composer - Danny Schofield, Author, Composer

  7. 7 Can't Feel My Face

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Max Martin, Author, Composer - Savan Kotecha, Author, Composer - Peter Svensson, Author, Composer - Ali Payami, Author, Composer

  8. 8 Shameless

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Ahmad Balshe, Author, Composer - Savan Kotecha, Author, Composer - Peter Svensson, Author, Composer - Ali Payami, Author, Composer

  9. 9 Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Stephan Moccio, Author, Composer - Jason "DaHeala" Quenneville, Author, Composer - Ahmad Balshe, Author, Composer

  10. 10 In The Night

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Ahmad Balshe, Author, Composer - Max Martin, Author, Composer - Savan Kotecha, Author, Composer - Peter Svensson, Author, Composer - Ali Payami, Author, Composer

  11. 11 As You Are

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Danny Schofield, Author, Composer - Ahmad Balshe, Author, Composer - Jason Quenneville, Author, Composer - Carlo Montagnese, Author, Composer

  12. 12 Dark Times

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Ed Sheeran, Author, Composer, Featured Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Jason Quenneville, Author, Composer

  13. 13 Prisoner

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Lana Del Rey, Author, Composer, Featured Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Carlo Montagnese, Author, Composer

  14. 14 Angel

    The Weeknd, Main Artist - Abel Tesfaye, Author, Composer - Stephan Moccio, Author, Composer - Ben Diehl, Author, Composer - Danny Schofield, Author, Composer

About

All bets regarding Abel Tesfaye's career arc were off once Trilogy, material previously released at no (financial) cost to the listener, went platinum. For a period after that, it seemed like the singer had peaked just short of pop-star status. His eager congregation pushed Kiss Land, the proper debut, to number two in the U.S., yet none of its singles, not even the one that featured Drake, reached the Hot 100. "Love Me Harder," a duet with labelmate Ariana Grande released in 2014, proved to be a masterstroke. It put Tesfaye in the Top Ten for the first time and began a streak of similarly effective singles that preceded -- and are included on -- Beauty Behind the Madness. "Earned It," a ballad recorded for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, showed that he could adapt to a traditional pop backdrop. That cut a path for "The Hills," in which Tesfaye alleviated his "day one" base with a typically degenerate slow jam, co-produced by Illangelo, that affirmed "When I'm fucked up, that's the real me" while taking the toxic narrative a step further with lines like "Drugs started feelin' like it's decaf." And then "Can't Feel My Face," a sleek slice of retro-modern disco-funk produced by Max Martin and Ali Payami, landed in June 2015. An obvious pop move, it worked -- it went to number one in the U.S. and several other territories. Tesfaye skillfully delivered his biggest hooks as he sang about dependency in that part-anguished, part-euphoric fashion derived from Michael Jackson. Like its advance singles, the rest of Beauty Behind the Madness is R&B and pop as drug-den paella: chemical and sexual abasement, self-loathing, and self-absorbed belligerence over narcotized sludge and less expected moves that peak with the wholly sweet "As You Are" and crest with a big-band diversion on "Losers." Uneventful collaborations with Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, and Lana Del Rey add star power, though the last of that pack contributes to a moment where Tesfaye turns another corner by acknowledging a dead end through the fog, "addicted to a life that's so empty and so cold." The commercial strides are obvious. The creative advancements are less apparent, obstructed by some unappealing measures, but they're in there. ~ Andy Kellman

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