Kiss Land

The Weeknd - Kiss Land
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2013 Ratings: #919 / 1080
User Score
Based on 834 ratings
2013 Ratings: #261
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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.

50
The Needle Drop
The Canadian experimental R&B project the Weekend goes from riveting to underwhelming in its transition from its last mixtape to its first new commercial studio album.
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.

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.
BuffaloStaple
85
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Amazin
Bangin
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Jammin
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Spazzin
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Benny
30
kiss land more like i wanna die land
ka1
83
I think it's pretty obvious that this is Abel's most underrated project and to be honest, I dont know why. This man was coming hot off the success of Trilogy and although Kiss land was a success, it is often overlooked by literally everybody because the rest of his catalogue is that good and popular. While the House of Balloons was a place that Abel was all too familiar with in the streets of Toronto, Kiss Land seems to be unknown territory with a Tokyo aesthetic to it. The production on here ... read more
GersonAOTY
78
And we come to the end of The Weeknd's discography with Kissland, a project that has an atmosphere similar to mixtapes but that was not so acclaimed or so well accepted by the general public. One of the reasons for this in my opinion is how the The Weeknd's voice is supported by the production and it ends up being quite dazzled and without that mixtapes shine. But even so Kissland manages to be an interesting and enjoyable project to listen to and a great continuation of the concepts explored ... read more
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Added on: July 22, 2013