THE WEEKND Tril­ogy Uni­ver­sal Repub­lic

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

Pre­vi­ously avail­able as free on­line down­loads, Tril­ogy gath­ers Abel Tesfaye’s three re­leases from 2011 to­gether for those who didn’t grab House of Bal­loons, Thurs­day and Echoes of Si­lence the first time around. Tril­ogy re­minds you how strik­ing and sin­gu­lar Tesfaye’s work is, as he in­fuses songs with melan­cholic, wist­ful, muted moods and cap­tures the list­less­ness and en­nui that of­ten lurks be­hind the he­do­nism. Tesfaye’s mu­si­cal post-party sighs, sulks and sym­phonies played a huge part in putting a new slant on r’n’b, and it will be fas­ci­nat­ing to see where he goes from here. Cer­tainly, the pop main­stream caught his drift. Tesfaye has since worked with Drake, Lady Gaga and Florence + The Ma­chine. Tril­ogy shows how mess­ing with ex­ist­ing at­mo­spher­ic­sand tex­tures can lead to mes­meris­ing brand new highs. Down­load: High for This, Thurs­day, The Fall

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