The magic that makes OPN sparkle feels particularly dull on this new record. While I am also down for experimentation in his style, this feels more redundant to earlier moments in his career and doesn't necessarily synthesize anything new. I was eager for this record, but I feel like OPN hangs his hat on cinematics and melodrama rather than invention and ingenuity. There are exciting moments, but the album feels a little hollow.
The Weekend has the special place of being my least favorite ... read more