Since establishing his trademark sound, and probably tiring of it, with his Trilogy of mixtapes and follow-up album Kiss Land, The Weeknd has seemingly been on a mission to write the perfect pop song.
He might have achieved it with ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ (which was so big it wound up getting lip-synced by Tom Cruise), were it not for the fact that his new single, ‘I Feel It Coming’, is even better.
Playing out his new album Starboy, it was co-written with Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and sounds pretty damn Michael Jackson, The Weeknd’s vocal hooks coming over an infectious disco beat. Like all the best pop songs, it has a sadness to it. The joy in the melodies would probably be too much, were it not for a melancholy keyboard line that throws the song off kilter.
Snippet here if you don't have Spotify (starts 8:42):
it’s not a hugely ambitious and different song; it’s just an absolute banger ('like the 70s never ended' - Guardian). Even the annoying Daft Punk robot vocals can’t tarnish it.
Twitter is heaping on praise:
Other highlights of the album include ‘Party Monster’, ‘Secrets’ and ‘Sidewalks’, which sees The Weeknd collaborate with Kendrick Lamar, who he described as a “genius” when recounting working in the studio with him.
You can read our first impressions of the new album here.Reuse content