The Weeknd – After Hours
XO – B0032368-01, Republic Records – B0032368-01
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear w/ Red (Blood) Splatter [Variant 001]
. Limited Edition double LP set pressed on Clear W/ Red Splatter Vinyl.
Limited to 5000 copies worldwide
Full-colour lyric/credit insert/sleeves included.
28 Aug 2020
Electronic, Hip Hop, Funk / Soul, Pop
Contemporary R&B, Synth-pop, Pop Rap, Disco
A1 Alone Again
A2 Too Late
A3 Hardest To Love
A4 Scared To Live
Written-By – Ahmad Balshe, Bernard J.P. Taupin, Daniel Lopatin, Elton John, Martin Sandberg
B5 Snow Child
B6 Escape From LA
C9 Blinding Lights
C10 In Your Eyes
Alto Saxophone – Wojtek Goral
C11 Save Your Tears
D12 Repeat After Me (Interlude)
Engineer, Mixed By – Matt Cohn
Producer – OPN*
Producer, Written-By – Kevin Parker (2)
Written-By – Daniel Lopatin
D13 After Hours
Mastered At – The Mastering Palace
Pressed By – GZ Media – 209735E
Max Martin for MXM Productions.
Oscar Holter for Wolfcousins Productions.
Track A4: 'Scared To Live' contains interpolations from "Your Song" written by E. John and B. Taupin.
Published by Universal Songs of Polygram Int., Inc. (BMI) and Universal/Dick James Music LTD. (PRS).
Rights Society: STIM
"Even if he is singing about the same things—bacchanalian excess, loneliness as rapture, using women to rehabilitate his poor little life—the fresh vocals and production flourishes do the trick. On “Too Late,” his longtime producer Illangelo (alongside Lizzo producer Ricky Reed and DaHeala) mutate UK garage’s syncopated kicks and pitch-shifted echoes, drawing on the spirit of My Dear Melancholy,’s “Wasted Times.” “Hardest to Love” couples a sharp jungle break with Tesfaye’s longing whispers about remorse and a troubled partnership. Oneohtrix Point Never and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker also lend production on “Repeat After Me (Interlude)” a collage of psychedelic wooshes and Vocoder dubs, while the ghostly eulogy “Until I Bleed Out” uses liturgical synth arpeggios reminiscent of “Boring Angel” from OPN’s R Plus Seven.
There’s always been a cinematic flair to Tesfaye’s music, as if he’s been chasing after his own Purple Rain moment—for now, he’ll have to settle for a cameo in the Safdie Brothers’ 2019 thriller Uncut Gems. He draws on synth-pop nostalgia to mirror the tragic glitz of ’80s Hollywood: “In Your Eyes” includes an arena-sized cheeseball sax solo, while the plinking synths and slick hand-claps of “Save Your Tears” evoke a long-lost Wham! track. Tesfaye can lean a little too hard on these Reagan-era signifiers, but his bleeding-heart melodies and donating an unforgettable hook to the synth player on “Blinding Lights” remind us why we keep listening in the first place.
Like any good villain, Tesfaye is aware of the character he plays, dropping tongue-in-cheek one-liners like “Futuristic sex, give her Philip K. Dick” on “Snowchild.” Meanwhile, “Faith” cranks the gloomy dial up to 11, summoning a death drive reminiscent of the double-decker bus from The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.” “But if I OD, I want you to OD right beside me,” he sings. “I want you to follow right behind me.”( pitchfork)