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Echoes of Silence

Echoes of SilenceDrake may be the high priest of the new church of hybrid R&B weirdness, but the Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye) is the missionary, delivering the good news...Echoes of SilenceR&BDrake may be the high priest of the new church of hybrid R&B weirdness, but the Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye) is the missionary, delivering the good news...2012-01-10
The Weeknd | SILENT SOUND The Weeknd delivers the last mixtape in his acclaimed trilogy

SILENT SOUND The Weeknd delivers the last mixtape in his acclaimed trilogy

B+

Drake may be the high priest of the new church of hybrid R&B weirdness, but the Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye) is the missionary, delivering the good news from a pulpit of tear-soaked synths. On this final entry in his lauded mixtape trilogy, Tesfaye’s velvety melodies infuse his trippy minimalism like incense smoke, getting lost only on the too-woozy title track. He’s also feeling more confident: Echoes of Silence is impressively sample-free — though it does open with a bravura cover of Michael Jackson’s ”Dirty Diana.” That takes a true believer. B+

Best Tracks:
Swirling slow jam Montreal
Rugged stutter step Initiation

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