AOTY 2019

Kiss Land

The Weeknd - Kiss Land
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2013 Ratings: #742 / 961
User Score
Based on 316 ratings
2013 Ratings: #340
September 10, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Kiss Land is the crystallization of a concept that has been gestating for over two years, an idea that swelled in scope and sound as the world embraced Tsefaye and his dysphoric, benumbed universe.

70
Spin

Maybe this is just an honest reflection of where the young twentysomething finds himself, creatively and personally. Kiss Land plays like a more considered, better-mastered continuation of Echoes of Silence, not anything dramatically different.

70
Consequence of Sound

Kiss Land falls short in the innovation category, as it never quite feels like Tesfaye’s work here will generate new waves of creativity in his field 

65
The 405

Kiss Land is filled with promise, it's inspired and a great example of how R&B can cross many genre boundaries. It's confident, but pretty underwhelming with ideas that aren't quite fully articulated or tactile, leaving the listener in the dark - but not the dark he wants.

62
Pitchfork

Kiss Land scans as unintentionally hilarious, a sign that the project is rushing headlong into self-parody and Abel Tesfaye seems to be the only one who doesn’t realize it.

60
HipHopDX

This album is a polished, lateral step with an accompanying barcode for Weeknd’s fans. And outsiders looking to understand his appeal are likely better off downloading the three mixtapes that preceded the album.

50
AllMusic

For those who aren't as easily drawn into Tesfaye's world, this will seem roughly as insufferable and as bleakly aimless as the earlier material.

50
PopMatters

The good news for Abel Tesfaye might be that audiences don’t necessarily expect much more from their R&B stars than a smooth voice and dirty mouth. It just seemed like he wanted to be so much more.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

The initial mystique of The Weeknd is gone, and we’re now confronted with the work of a young man who possesses an impressive voice, an incredible ear for production, and a complete lack of purpose in his confrontational, intensely graphic lyrical obsessions.

BuffaloStaple
85
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AZIZ
84
I honestly still don't understand peoples problem's with this record. This is a very potent piece of R&B music. Abel continues the themes of Echoes of Silence and twists them in a way that makes the record feel expansive and powerful. Awesome album Abel.
buttholewasabi
100
I remember listening to this album the day it was released and being pretty disappointed. I first started listening to Weeknd shortly after his second mixtape Thursday dropped and for some reason this album did not vibe with me for a fairly long time. I had this album throughout all of high school and it didn’t click with me until a year after it came out. Now it is one of my favourite albums in his discography. The overall atmosphere this album has is so unique and I can’t really ... read more
Benny
30
kiss land more like i wanna die land
TheDankestMeme
73
An enjoyable project but not that interesting as compared to his mixtapes. Still better than his last two projects though. In terms of Abel's voice he has some of his best performances in this project and Drake actually has a pretty decent feature on Live For.

BEST TRACKS: Live For, Wanderlust, Kiss Land

WORST TRACKS: None
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Year End Lists

#5/Entertainment Weekly
#34/Gigwise
#48/musicOMH

Track List

  1. Professional
  2. The Town
  3. Adaptation
  4. Love In the Sky
  5. Belong To the World
  6. Live For (feat. Drake)
  7. Wanderlust
  8. Kiss Land
  9. Pretty
  10. Tears In the Rain
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