Kiss Land

The Weeknd - Kiss Land
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2013 Ratings: #785 / 984
User Score
Based on 432 ratings
2013 Ratings: #359
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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
83
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.
Benny
30
kiss land more like i wanna die land
Plats
73
The Weeknd is on top of much cleaner production here and the results are very pretty. "Kiss Land" definitely has the production chops and gorgeous vocals to spare on this project and there are some definite highlights here. The album, unfortunately, drags on for longer than it should and, adding in the average lyricism on display, could definitely add up to an enjoyable but shallow release that isn't nearly as good as his mixtapes.

Fav Tracks: Kiss Land, Wanderlust, Belong to the ... read more
oppressedwaifu
20
Literally everything is too fucking long. Not a single thing was on here for an even slightly redeemable amount of time. It has no fucking structure as an album at all and just flows as if Abel isn't even on it

I vow to never listen to this album again
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Added on: July 22, 2013