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Abel Tesfaye, aka the Weeknd, released three free mixtapes, aka albums, in 2011. Trilogy compiles them with remastered sound and adds three new songs. Supported by fellow Toronto native Drake, Tesfaye surfaced that March with House of Balloons, an impressive debut that merged his paradoxical approach -- sweet voice, poisonous words -- with gloomy but entrancing productions, most of which were provided by Illangelo and Doc McKinney. The duo produced the entirety of Thursday, released that August. It offered minor variations on the debut's themes of getting laid and high through plodding, thudding scenes of bleak malevolence. Anyone not magnetized to extended periods of intense wallowing and/or chemically-induced lethargy -- or the idea of experiencing either one of the two states -- could discern that Tesfaye could have used an editor. And then, in December, just after Drake released Take Care, an album featuring a handful of Tesfaye collaborations, Echoes of Silence completed the Weeknd trilogy in an equally excessive fashion. Emboldened by critical acclaim and an enthusiastic fan base, Tesfaye led the set, produced mostly by Illangelo, with a cover of "Dirty Diana," Michael Jackson's unintentionally comical groupie nightmare. Tesfaye not only matched the original's intensity but went so over the top with it that the top was no longer visible. He also continued to find slightly different, occasionally peculiar ways of expressing unapologetically sordid feelings about drugs, partying, drugs, bad girls, drugs, strippers, drugs, good girls gone bad, and drugs -- all of which serve an identical purpose and get the same level of consideration, though "Put that rum down, you don't wanna die tonight" is at least somewhat thoughtful. There are points throughout these works where Tesfaye is distinctively gripping, supplying deadly hooks and somehow singing for his life despite the cold blood flowing through his veins. More often, he needs restraint, as he is prone to repetitious whining that is more young boy than young Keith Sweat. (Check "Same Old Song," 20 percent of which features Tesfaye singing "You're the same old song," over and over, with the final "o" held for several seconds.) Now that he's with a label, he'll hopefully get some kind of filter that enables him to fulfill the promise heard in these 160 minutes of one-dimensional, occasionally exhilarating overindulgence. When this package was released, he was gaining mainstream momentum with appearances on Drake's "Crew Love" and Wiz Khalifa's "Remember You." His potential is as obvious as his lyrics are toxic.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
High For This Album Version
00:04:07

Henry Walter, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Adrien Gough, ComposerLyricist - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Dream Machine, Producer

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

2
What You Need Album Version
00:03:16

Zodiac, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Rose, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

3
House Of Balloons / Glass Table Girls Album Version (Explicit)
00:06:44

John Martin, ComposerLyricist - DOC, Producer - Steven Severin, ComposerLyricist - Peter Clarke, ComposerLyricist - Susan Ballion, ComposerLyricist - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

4
The Morning Album Version (Explicit)
00:05:12

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - William Brock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

5
Wicked Games Album Version (Explicit)
00:05:23

Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Rainer Millar Blanchaer, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

6
The Party & The After Party Album Version (Explicit)
00:07:39

Rainer, Producer - Zodiac, Producer - Jeremy Rose, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Victoria Legrand, ComposerLyricist - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Alex Scally, ComposerLyricist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Millar Blanchaer, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

7
Coming Down Album Version
00:04:55

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

8
Loft Music Album Version (Explicit)
00:06:03

Zodiac, Producer - Jeremy Rose, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Victoria Legrand, ComposerLyricist - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Alex Scally, ComposerLyricist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

9
The Knowing Album Version
00:05:40

Adrian Eccleston, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Fraser, ComposerLyricist - DOC, Producer - Robin Guthrie, ComposerLyricist - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Raymonde, ComposerLyricist - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

10
Twenty Eight Album Version
00:04:18

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shin Kamiyama, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

DISC 2

1
Lonely Star Album Version (Explicit)
00:05:49

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

2
Life Of The Party Album Version
00:04:55

Adrian Eccleston, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Vincent Reilly, ComposerLyricist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Grier, ComposerLyricist - B. Berglund, ComposerLyricist - P. Berghe, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

3
Thursday Album Version
00:05:19

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

4
The Zone Album Version (Explicit)
00:06:58

Noah Shebib, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DOC, Producer - Drake, FeaturedArtist - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - C. Montagnese, ComposerLyricist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Audrey "Drake" Graham, ComposerLyricist - Noel Cadastre, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

5
The Birds Pt. 1 Album Version
00:03:34

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

6
The Birds Pt. 2 Album Version (Explicit)
00:05:50

DOC, Producer - Martina Topley Bird, ComposerLyricist - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NICK BIRD, ComposerLyricist - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Alex McGowen, ComposerLyricist - Steve Crittal, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

7
Gone Album Version (Explicit)
00:08:06

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

8
Rolling Stone Album Version (Explicit)
00:03:50

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

9
Heaven Or Las Vegas Album Version
00:05:52

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Acton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

10
Valerie Album Version
00:04:46

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shin Kamiyama, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 XO&co., Inc.

DISC 3

1
D.D. Album Version
00:04:35

Michael Jackson, ComposerLyricist - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

2
Montreal Album Version
00:04:10

Lucien Ginsburg, ComposerLyricist - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

3
Outside Album Version (Explicit)
00:04:20

Madeline Follin, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Mattos, ComposerLyricist - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - A. Balshe, ComposerLyricist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

4
XO / The Host Album Version (Explicit)
00:07:24

The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Patrick Greenaway, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

5
Initiation Album Version (Explicit)
00:04:20

Georgia Ann Muldrow, ComposerLyricist - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Martin Wong, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dropxlife, Producer

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

6
Same Old Song Album Version (Explicit)
00:05:12

Juicy J, Additional Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

7
The Fall Album Version
00:05:45

The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Clams Casino, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

8
Next Album Version
00:05:59

The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dropxlife, Producer

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

9
Echoes Of Silence Album Version
00:03:59

The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

10
Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun) Album Version
00:05:18

DOC, Producer - Martin "Doc" McKinney, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Weeknd, Producer, MainArtist - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Carlo Montagnese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom McKinney, ComposerLyricist - Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shin Kamiyama, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 XO&co., Inc.

Album Description

Abel Tesfaye, aka the Weeknd, released three free mixtapes, aka albums, in 2011. Trilogy compiles them with remastered sound and adds three new songs. Supported by fellow Toronto native Drake, Tesfaye surfaced that March with House of Balloons, an impressive debut that merged his paradoxical approach -- sweet voice, poisonous words -- with gloomy but entrancing productions, most of which were provided by Illangelo and Doc McKinney. The duo produced the entirety of Thursday, released that August. It offered minor variations on the debut's themes of getting laid and high through plodding, thudding scenes of bleak malevolence. Anyone not magnetized to extended periods of intense wallowing and/or chemically-induced lethargy -- or the idea of experiencing either one of the two states -- could discern that Tesfaye could have used an editor. And then, in December, just after Drake released Take Care, an album featuring a handful of Tesfaye collaborations, Echoes of Silence completed the Weeknd trilogy in an equally excessive fashion. Emboldened by critical acclaim and an enthusiastic fan base, Tesfaye led the set, produced mostly by Illangelo, with a cover of "Dirty Diana," Michael Jackson's unintentionally comical groupie nightmare. Tesfaye not only matched the original's intensity but went so over the top with it that the top was no longer visible. He also continued to find slightly different, occasionally peculiar ways of expressing unapologetically sordid feelings about drugs, partying, drugs, bad girls, drugs, strippers, drugs, good girls gone bad, and drugs -- all of which serve an identical purpose and get the same level of consideration, though "Put that rum down, you don't wanna die tonight" is at least somewhat thoughtful. There are points throughout these works where Tesfaye is distinctively gripping, supplying deadly hooks and somehow singing for his life despite the cold blood flowing through his veins. More often, he needs restraint, as he is prone to repetitious whining that is more young boy than young Keith Sweat. (Check "Same Old Song," 20 percent of which features Tesfaye singing "You're the same old song," over and over, with the final "o" held for several seconds.) Now that he's with a label, he'll hopefully get some kind of filter that enables him to fulfill the promise heard in these 160 minutes of one-dimensional, occasionally exhilarating overindulgence. When this package was released, he was gaining mainstream momentum with appearances on Drake's "Crew Love" and Wiz Khalifa's "Remember You." His potential is as obvious as his lyrics are toxic.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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