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Music Review: The Weeknd-Starboy

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It took me a while to concede that I actually liked The Weeknd.  I think perhaps the fact that his lyrics can be both corny AF and sophisticatedly disgusting, is a duality that I didn’t want to associate myself with.  Also, his hair didn’t help.  But I think somewhere around “Kissland” I gave into the hype that was quickly building around him and gave him a chance.  I’m glad I did.  I can find something brilliant and wonderful in every scatterbrained album he produces.

Generally, I take issue with an album that lacks consistency.  But The Weeknd is consistently inconsistent.  So he gets a pass.

Sonically all over the place, “Starboy” gives us everything from 80s dance pop (“Secrets” & “Rockin’”) to  retro bluesy rock that he serves up in “Sidewalks.”  The latter of which is a favorite of mine.

The second half of the album kind of teeters off into mediocrity.  But the beginning is so strong that It doesn’t really matter.

Score: 3.6

Must Listens: “Sidewalks” & “Six Feet Under”

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.