The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence: Mixtape Review

December 22, 2011 § 3 Comments

R&B crooner The Weeknd is back with his third mixtape of the year, Echoes of Silence. Released late last night right after Drake dropped his new video for “The Motto”, it seemed like the OVOXO team had a plan for people to marvel over their work until the wee hours of the morning.

The mixtape opens with “D.D.” – a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana.” It is a pretty ballsy move to open with an untouchable classic yet the moody track was a good pairing for the emotive singer. “Montreal” has an eerie Eighties vibe with its heavy hitting bass and ghastly harmonies.

 One of my favorites off Echoes of Silence is “XO/The Host.” Its trippy intro is reminiscent of House of Balloons; the track is horrifyingly addictive yet slightly messy that rips you in three different directions.

Another tripfest is “Initiation”- a bitter track that haunts your inner core as Abel’s vocals shifts from helium-filled to codeine-induced without warning. The truly terrifying track takes you back to a place in time where you hid under your covers as an imaginary monster knocked down your bedroom door.

Echoes of Silence slows down with “Next.” It begins with a heavy-hearted piano riff that refreshingly slows down the mixtape experience by giving us a cool ballad.

The Weeknd started the year with his killer drug-induced House of Balloons and continued the momentum with ThursdayEchoes of Silence is the perfect way to end the “Balloon Trilogy” – when the sun rises on the streaky window after the rave is over and the coke residue hardens on the glass table.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Songs on Repeat

“XO/The Host”

“Initiation”

Songs to Skip

“Same Old Song”

Click here to download Echoes of Silence

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