AOTY 2017
Thursday
The Weeknd - Thursday
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
User Score
Based on 112 ratings
2011 Ratings: #94
August 18, 2011 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
Self-Released / Label
R&B / Genres
theweeknd.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Beats Per Minute

Not as much here quite consistently matches the melodic transcendence of Balloons‘ highlights, and that Thurday manages to stand on its own at all is an achievement in itself.

80
Consequence of Sound

The album is incredibly solid and even more successful when viewed in perspective.

80
No Ripcord

The music is busier, giving Tesfaye less space, but it sounds more like part of an overall evolution than a mistake.

79
Pitchfork

Though there's less breathing space on Thursday, and fewer melodic hooks, it still feels of a piece with House of Balloons.

May 12, 2017
dyelir
78
Arguably the weakest of The Weeknd's three stellar self-released mixtapes, Thursday is easily the most sleazy. However, even when the project over-indulges in its haunted pop sound (there's no reason for a song like "Gone" to last for over eight minutes), Thursday's production maintains the other-worldly hedonistic fantasies The Weeknd's lyrics mirror.
Nov 27, 2016
thethirdverse
69
The Weeknd's darkness is more apparent here on any other project, with mostly favorable results. Within the Trilogy, this particular tape serves to explain the type of woman that The Weeknd finds himself constantly enthralled with. It's extremely interesting to watch his storytelling improve with this album as he takes on the role of conveying a story of the very woman he finds himself mystified by- a party-obsessed, drugged up, cast out woman- and he succeeds.
Nov 19, 2016*
ryansliao
77
This is substantial improvement over the more vapory sounds of House of Balloons. Thursday is a lot more hard hitting and lyrically darker.

Best Tracks: Lonely Star, Life of the Party, The Birds Pt. 1, Pt.2, Heaven or Las Vegas, Valerie
Worst Tracks: The Zone
Jul 28, 2016
CxAylward
79
more ugly and intense than HOB, but has even higher highs. also has much lower lows though
Sep 23, 2015
95
I absolutely love the song called The Birds part 1. Its a winner!
END OF YEAR LISTS
#14/Bigger Than The Sound
#20/Q Magazine
Track List
  1. Lonely Star 
  2. Life of the Party 
  3. Thursday 
  4. The Zone 
  5. The Birds Part One 
  6. The Birds Part Two 
  7. Gone 
  8. Rolling Stone
  9. Heaven or Las Vegas
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, philthy


Added on: August 18, 2011