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Trilogy
The Weeknd - Trilogy
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
User Score
Based on 117 ratings
2012 Ratings: #8
November 13, 2012 / Release Date
Compilation / Format
Universal Republic / Label
R&B / Genres
theweeknd.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pretty Much Amazing

However wasted an opportunity it is as an introduction to The Weeknd, Trilogy is still a staggering, near-perfect portrait of hedonism’s inherent depravity and bareness.

100
FACT Magazine

An r’n'b album with few equals in terms of narrational ambition, Trilogy doesn’t just expose or subvert the womanising male archetype of modern r’n'b, it destroys it, by rendering it quaintly one-dimensional. 

90
The 405

It's an exhausting journey, dark and disturbing with little respite, but in the end when those last chords fade away and you're left with the echoes ringing in your ears, it's a journey that's worth taking.

85
Pitchfork

This is some of the the best music of the young decade; judging by its already pervasive influence, it's safe to say Trilogy (or at least House of Balloons) will be one of those records that will be viewed as a turning point when we look at the 2010s as a whole.

85
Beats Per Minute

Trilogy takes one of the more singular bodies of work of the new decade and gives it a very modern bout of premature re-evaluation, image curating and real-time mythologizing

80
Drowned in Sound

As a comprehensive document of a specific moment in time, Trilogy is untouchable. 

80
PopMatters

If we are to consider this compilation as a single document, then it’s a document of this limited, albeit mesmerizing, facet of the Weeknd’s persona.

70
Paste

If only it had that kind of focus. The disparate releases are as oil and water as ever, with a new song on each disc that doesn’t fit at all

Jul 2, 2015
exception
90
just pure, soulful music from Abel Tesfaye. i can't say anything bad about this
Jan 5, 2014
FinalLifeline
89
The Weeknd is a tough cookie to bite into. His storytelling is bleak yet lush, and his voice chameleonic. His attitude, however, is often hard to discern. His songs are entrancing, although the lyrics are sometimes jarring. The production is impeccable, and yet there's always the feeling that something is missing. It isn't something in the music missing though, but in our main character, and that makes him all the more interesting. Abel Tesfaye is an opaque figure, at once confirming ... read more
Jun 11, 2017
aaron
NR
Why not curate the trilogy?
30 tracks side A 15 tracks, side B 15 tracks for example;)

Side A:
1. High for This
2. The Zone
3. What You Need
4. Coming Down
5. The Morning
6. The Knowing
7. The Party & The After Party
8. Twenty Eight
9. D.D
10. House of Balloons/ Glass Table Girls
11. Outside
12. Wicked Games
13. Same Old Song
14. Loft Music
15. Echoes of Silence
16. The Birds (Pt.1 & Pt.2)

Who even needs a side B with a side A such as that, damn that would have gotten a 100 rating. ... read more
Feb 16, 2016
95
Still my favorite album to date! Cannot beat the smoothness of these tracks. I don't even care if the lyrics aren't the best, because his voice is so soothing. There are very few tracks that disjointedness me on this album. Abel has sadly been in decline since this masterpiece.
Oct 29, 2013
Benjamin Bush
94
Pure magic from my fellow Canadian. This album takes you through the twisted world of Abel Tesfaye, who crafted this achingly beautiful record. This is the soundtrack to 3am adventures through the freezing city streets.
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Track List
  1. High for This
  2. What You Need
  3. House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls
  4. The Morning
  5. Wicked Games
  6. The Party & the After Party
  7. Coming Down
  8. Loft Music
  9. The Knowing
  10. Twenty Eight
  11. Lonely Star
  12. Life of the Party
  13. Thursday
  14. The Zone (feat. Drake)
  15. The Birds, Pt. 1
  16. The Birds, Pt. 2
  17. Gone
  18. Rolling Stone
  19. Heaven or Las Vegas
  20. Valerie
  21. D.D.
  22. Montreal
  23. Outside
  24. XO / The Host
  25. Initiation
  26. Same Old Song (feat. Juicy J)
  27. The Fall
  28. Next
  29. Echoes of Silence
  30. Till Dawn (Here Comes the Sun)
  31. The Zone


Added on: October 2, 2012