The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence
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Based on 17 reviews
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Based on 196 ratings
2011 Ratings: #33
December 21, 2011 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
No Ripcord

The final mixtape in his trilogy is a perfect ending. He’s more confident, he’s embraced it, but he’s still weak.

85
Beats Per Minute

Echoes of Silence is arguably The Weeknd’s most fully formed album-oriented statement thus far.

81
Pitchfork

It's a strong finish to Tesfaye's first trilogy, providing just enough closure to satisfy, and just enough mystery left to entice us back for the next round.

80
Consequence of Sound

It’s The Weeknd’s most concentrated effort to date and one that sets the bar inordinately high for that imminent debut album.

80
Spin

Echoes is a profound listen that, despite its veneer of cynicism, oozes pain and crisis.

60
PopMatters

While Echoes of Silence shows flashes of excellence, Tesfaye is caught like the Greek god Janus, looking backward and forward at the same time

Rafael
87
It’s honestly the worst part of the trilogy of mixtapes, I still really liked it but it’s definitely the worst of them.
dyelir
82
Although it lacks the keen pop instincts of House of Balloons, its soundscape is just as dense, if not better. Echoes of Silence, like its two predecessors, cemented The Weeknd as the coolest new thing in pop in 2011 due to its lush yet dark textures that hadn't been incorporated into the genre before.
ryansliao
77
The Weeknd went for a little more pop on this mixtape and it sounds great. It's not quite as dark as Thursday but the more melodic lines are far more emotive than anything he has done before or since.

Best Tracks: D.D., Montreal, Initiation, Next
Worst Track: The Fall
Tom Simmons
79
Fav Tracks: Next, Montreal, Same Old Song, The Fall, D.D., Outside

Least Fav Track: Initiation
MinatoArisato
70
Echoes of Silence rounds out The Weeknds trilogy of records in a pretty decent fashion. It is certainly the moodiest of the three and whilst some moments can be rather dull it's still quite the smooth and entertaining listen.

Best Track: Montreal
Worst Track: Echoes of Silence
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#19/Beats Per Minute

Track List

  1. D.D.
  2. Montreal
  3. Outside
  4. XO / The Host
  5. Initiation
  6. Same Old Song
  7. The Fall
  8. Next
  9. Echoes of Silence
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Added on: December 21, 2011