House of Balloons
The Weeknd - House of Balloons
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
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Based on 257 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

House of Balloons is a record comprised of slow-burning bangers, expertly crafted and dripping with a refreshingly ugly prettiness.

90
No Ripcord

He commands the mood better than artists who have been in the game for years and yet this his first release.

86
Beats Per Minute

An explosive debut unlike most of whatever is on Hot 97 or whatever your city uses to listen to Drake.

85
Pitchfork

The group's penchant for druggy atmospherics is mirrored in their lyrical content, which is overtly sexual, narcotics-focused, and occasionally downright frightening.

80
Consequence of Sound

They bring to the table the most interesting, depressing, and drug-infested R&B record in years.

80
Drowned in Sound

For what The Weeknd have produced, regardless of what genre it is or isn’t, is a very good record.

80
FACT Magazine

This is a record that’s as ice cold as it is sad; for those who find Drake too much to stomach it might be off-putting, but for fans of the Canadian, it might just mark the arrival of a brand new obsession.

Sep 3, 2015
austincrane235
86
As dark as a drug-fueled, pulsating house party
Nov 6, 2016
thethirdverse
91
honestly, the darkest and most captivating R&B record of the decade.
Jan 25, 2017
dyelir
87
Toronto's nocturnal bend on pop music left its mark on 2011 and the kingpins of the sound were The Weeknd and Drake. Drake's Take Care and House of Balloons seem to function as companion pieces as they still stand as the best full-length releases either artist has released. House of Balloons displays a dark, atmospheric form of r&b that brings out the worst of The Weeknd but has left a positive lasting influence on the pop world at large since its release.
Oct 9, 2016
frienderman
93
Music to drown the depravity of the party, and of life itself.
Mar 22, 2013
DefSky
92
" Trust me girl, you wanna be high for this " The Weeknd