The Weeknd, “Star­boy”

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE -

Dark R&B prince The Weeknd framed his lat­est as a trib­ute to David Bowie. But be­yond its cin­e­matic flour­ishes via slick pro­duc­tion, lit­tle here in­sin­u­ates Bowie’s bound­less cre­ativ­ity (“If it ain’t XO then it gotta go/I just won a new award for a kids show”). Tes­faye still has the same prob­lems that he’s had since his first mix tape (which feels like for­ever ago here): Drugs and sex are mere cover-up for in­deli­ble scars. The al­bum is dumb fun, but the themes aren’t trag­i­cally hip any­more — they’re just tragic. — Dy­lan Owens

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