The Weeknd - After Hours
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Based on 19 reviews
2020 Ratings: #74 / 365
User Score
2020 Ratings: #20
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March 20, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound
No, it’s not comparable to old Weeknd material, nor should it be. As he evolves, he continues to reinvent himself, and he knows exactly how to leave fans hooked on havoc.
82
HipHopDX
After Hours is the most satisfying blend of “old” and “new” Weeknd that he’s ever put forth on a single project.
80
The Independent

Like Starboy, there’s a hefty Eighties influence here, although for the most part, After Hours abandons the danceability of its predecessor in favour of moody introspection. This is the music you listen to when the party’s over.

80
The Arts Desk

The Weeknd is that rarest of creatures, a pop star whose work still chomps at the boundaries. After Hours, his fourth album, balances what his fans already like about him with a new twist.

80
The Guardian

By balancing the two sides of his musical personality – not to mention add some levity to that boring, bad-taste id – After Hours feels like the first Weeknd album in a while to offer up a clear, singular vision rather than something frustratingly abstract.

80
NME
The Weeknd's comeback record splits the difference between his hedonistic and reflective personas.
80
NOW Magazine
On his fifth album, Scarborough native Abel Tesfaye couldn’t be further from his debut – and that’s okay. The hour-long LP often plays out like an experimental 80s fever dream, but it’s still anchored by The Weeknd’s broody sonic DNA.
80
Exclaim!

While the Weeknd's sound has veered off track from his early feel in the past, After Hours gives fans the closest taste to Trilogy that they will get.

80
Clash
Production-wise especially, this is The Weeknd’s strongest project yet, and deserves all the recognition.
80
PopMatters

The Weeknd's After Hours naturally weaves together cinematic vignettes of debauched Hollywood and Las Vegas nights, following a new filmic tie to Uncut Gems and a prior decade of character building.

80
AllMusic
Some of Tesfaye's most vivid and piercing lines are herein.
80
Slant Magazine
The album explores new levels of sonic innovation, expanding on old themes while finding new shades of emotional maturity.
79
Pitchfork
There is not a single song on the album that colors outside the lines he established nine years ago, but his narrow focus has paid off: He’s finally found harmony between the enigmatic noir-pop that broke him to the blogs and the arena-worthy ambition that launched him into the mainstream.
75
Entertainment Weekly
There's a cohesion to these 14 tracks that was absent from Tesfaye's last several releases, a real sense that he's closer than ever to striking the perfect balance between the darkly shaded aesthetic he broke out with and the naked pop ambitions of his more recent material.
75
Paste
The Weeknd has made his most appealing record in years—a reminder of just how good Tesfaye is at this whole elite pop stardom thing.
75
Spectrum Culture
Re-evaluating the past while glancing to the future, the Toronto native, despite lofty pretensions, manages to deliver the core goods for those expecting a soundtrack to sun-dappled summer days inside or outdoors, lockdowns permitting.
70
Rolling Stone

Musically, After Hours hits the best balance yet of the gloomy melodrama of the Weeknd’s early EPs or his 2018 release My Dear Melancholy and the pop slickness of his 2016 LP Starboy — at once lachrymose and sleek, cold but plush, like a lavishly ornamented fallout shelter.

70
The Needle Drop

After Hours is a fruitful reinvention of The Weeknd.

Inglume
65
Water is wet, but these Weeknd reviews are wetter.

Abel's latest full-length LP is a fan-pleasing project that finds him embarking on a new synthpop/synthwave aesthetic. It's not a prompt return to his darker, melancholic alternative r&b roots as most fans would have you believe, but following a streak of average releases, After Hours is perhaps The Weeknd's most satisfying studio effort musically. It's loaded with lush, pristine production that serves as a nice cushion on top of Abel's ... read more
TreyLikesBands
91
Amazing

Alright, it’s finally here! I remember when I first heard Abel’s music with his breakout hit we all know, “I Can’t Feel My Face.” I feel like we can all remember when we first heard that track. Anyway, roughly 5 years after his skyrocket in popularity, “After Hours” pays homage to his dreamy, melancholic trilogy days of yore... and it turns out way better than expected. These warm and sparse synths that envelope each track have been staples for ... read more
aidencentral
86
I’ve become a big slut for synths as of recently so this makes me happy, rating to come soon.

EDIT: I am a big slut for this entire album, I feel like Abel is having sex with these synths and I’m recording it. The ambiance is *chef’s kiss*. Big big fan of this one.
Plats
91
Abel knocked it out of the park with "After Hours", a drug-fueled journey through the sounds of the 80's and the future joining forces (I'd like to say that it's a mix of his pop stuff with the druggy, more experimental works in the "Trilogy" days). The results on display are magnificent, with thick-ass kick drums and eargasmic synths that accentuate just how well-mixed and produced this album is. Also, Oneohtrix Point Never produced on this album. If that isn't a music ... read more
BradTasteMusic
85
I judged this with a half assed listen judging this as "This isn't the Weeknd that I wanted..."

I came back to this to make a video doing an actual reaction to this... and this isn't the Weeknd that Abel wanted. The synth poppy elements do an amazing job at reflecting what his life has become. He does the same thing as what Kendrick did on swimming pools, but for an entire album, showcasing the flashing lights and distractions that lead him away from the true hole in his heart. He ... read more
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Track List

  1. Alone Again
  2. Too Late
  3. Hardest To Love
  4. Scared To Live
  5. Snowchild
  6. Escape From LA
  7. Heartless
  8. Faith
  9. Blinding Lights
  10. In Your Eyes
  11. Save Your Tears
  12. Repeat After Me (Interlude)
  13. After Hours
  14. Until I Bleed Out
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Added on: January 18, 2020