House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
Based on 386 ratings
2011 Ratings: #10
March 21, 2011 / Release Date
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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.

snarekickblues
86
As dark as a drug-fueled, pulsating house party
frienderman
87
Music to drown the depravity of the party, and of life itself.
papadave
90
Abel's best project so far has aged like fine wine, and this will most likely remain as his best work. (Or, at least, my favorite) Brilliant sampling here, particularly on "The Party & The After Party".

Favorite Tracks:
The Party & The After Party, Loft Music, House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls, and The Morning
zachthesnack
94
Dark, depraved and disturbing yet intensely provocative. I think it's safe to say that Abel changed the RnB game forever.
Rafael
91
Yeah, we get Abel that you’re a fucking angel. He was mostly on his dream pop for the whole trilogy but this is where he mainly shows is and it’s pays off for him
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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
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