The Weeknd’s most recent album is melodic and meaningful, but not diverse

The Weeknd’s mini-album “My Dear Melancholy” features sincere lyrics and rhythmic beats, but all the songs sound the same.


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The Weeknd’s “My Dear Melancholy” features six tracks. This studio recording walks the line between album and EP.

Luke Mathwig, Staff Writer

Canadian singer and songwriter The Weeknd released his 3rd studio album of his career titled “My Dear Melancholy.” The album includes 6 songs, all of which include stories about his previous relationships and are climbing the charts.

The album was worked on by two familiar faces, Deheala and Cirkut, both of which have worked on R&B songs and albums before. The album only features one other artist named Gesaffelstein. Gesaffelstein is a French DJ, popular for his previous songs “Control Movement” and “Hate or Glory.” The French artist used his familiarity with low humming beats and vocal modding to control the flow of the two songs he is on (“I Was Never There” and “Hurt You”).

“My Dear Melancholy” scored the three-time Grammy winner his third straight Billboard top 200. The Weeknd’s most previous album, “Starboy,” received two big awards one being the Juno award for R&B/Soul and the second being a Grammy for best Urban Contemporary Album.

“My Dear Melancholy” stands out compared to his previous album solely because the drama that has been circling around in. The Weeknd allegedly sings about his relationships with both Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. “Call Out My Name” is the first song featured on the album. The song is supposedly about his ten month relationship with Selena Gomez and explains the struggles they went through together. The Weeknd talks about Selena’s battle with Lupus and how he was going to go through a kidney transplant in order to keep her alive, but then explains that he feels like he was just a “pit stop” in her life and that they were not as serious as he might have thought.

The Weeknd, for the most part, did an outstanding job with the songs and the complete album, but one factor makes the album dry: every song sounds the same. The songs all include a sappy story about his love life while singing in falsetto for most of the song, which normally isn’t a bad thing, unless an artist does that for the entire album. The lack of variety in his singing and similar beats mix together to create a less interesting album, but his lyrics make up for it by being heartfelt and compassionate about the topic he’s singing about.