The Weeknd

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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

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