STARBOY XO, OUT NOW The story of fame and Abél.
Superstardom looked like a good fit for Abél Tesfaye when his second album Beauty Behind The Madness sold over two million copies and the Toronto native behind The Weeknd handle went from being an elusive R&B cult hero to a Grammy Awardwinning mainstream success. On this follow-up, Tesfaye can’t decide if he’s having the best time of his life or the worst. His doleful reflections on celebrity are propped onto an avalanching pop production, with Daft Punk’s two gliding contributions making you wish they’d done the whole thing. The barking False Alarm isn’t the only dip in quality among the 18 tracks, but give the guy a break. “I got all these women too attracted to the fame,” he sings on Rockin’. It’s tough at the top. NIALL DOHERTY Listen To: Starboy | Rockin’ | I Feel It Coming