House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2011 Ratings: #80 / 1014
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
2011 Ratings: #10
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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.

83
A.V. Club

Tesfaye breaks from radio sensibilities ... by pushing the unrest and inner turmoil those singers periodically touch on to unsettling extremes.

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.

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
Consequence of Sound

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

30
The Needle Drop
Though I'm all for any efforts the artists of today make to change the R&B landscape, the lyricism on this LP sticks up like an unwelcome weed.
TopiK
75

Has anyone watched fantanos review.... It's NOT GOOD.

Favorite Tracks: High For This, What You Need, House Of Balloons / Glass Table Girls
The Morning, Wicked Games, The Party & The After Party, The Knowing

Worst Track: Loft Music

Plats
95

The comparison has been made before, but The Weeknd is essentially Michael Jackson if he was a huge partygoer and suffered from endless depression and substance addiction. "House of Balloons" pretty much capitalizes this by instantly hitting us with its druggy atmosphere and Abel's tenor vocal delivery. His pen game isn't anything great, but this record makes the lyrics work in his favor. Overall, The Weeknd's debut mixtape stands, with the rest of "Trilogy", as his best ... read more

zachthesnack
92

Dark, depraved and disturbing yet intensely provocative. I think it's safe to say that Abel changed the RnB game forever.

100

the weekends is the peak

Drfauci_vaccine
85

Changed rnb forever good mixtape

90

Near perfect and flawless. What people don't get about this album is that it tells a story of a man meeting a girl and doing drugs with her, the story expands in the other two, but I feel this album is still the best musically. The only track I think is mediocre or bad is Party and The After Party and (if you want to include it) the bonus track on Trilogy.

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