The Weeknd - Dawn FM (2xLP Vinyl)

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Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter the Weeknd, released on January 7, 2022, through XO and Republic Records. It features narration by Jim Carrey, guest vocals from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne, and spoken word appearances from Quincy Jones and Josh Safdie. As the album's executive producers, the Weeknd, Max Martin and Oneohtrix Point Never recruited a variety of other producers such as Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia.

The Weeknd described the album's concept as a state of purgatory—a journey towards the "light at the end of a tunnel", serving as a follow-up to his fourth studio album After Hours (2020). Musically, Dawn FM is an upbeat record containing dance-pop and synth-pop songs that are heavily inspired by the 1980s new wave, funk and electronic dance music styles. The album received widespread acclaim from music critics, who complimented its production and melodies.

It's always great to see Abel coming up with new material these days. While he might not be versatile musician or a defining artist, he does bring some great ass pop in the business, when this pretty much became a rarity. His previous project, After Hours, feels like a great, well thought out, darkwave pop piece that has plenty of highlights and coherency. By the singles, I was excited about this one, although probably not much as I did with After Hours.

The album starts greatly, although from the amount of songs I'm already having my jaw dropped (16 songs is too much for me, who got used to 8-10 songs format in the 80s-90s). However during middle section, I think album starts to suffer from dragging. Dont get me wrong, I can see how this album's different songs can get into different playlists of different people with different tastes, but as one, coherent piece, it just feels bloated. There are, what seems to me, some filler material in the middle and towards the end. Both feats, with Lil Wayne & Tyler the Creator, do suck ass. While not instrumentally, probably, they suck as songs. The topic of breakup in this album gets juiced so much, somewhere around these two songs you just want it to end asap. But in the end, however, you feel this all was worth your time, and the concept of it all still delivers.

While I would love some cutting, maybe like 3-4 songs off, I'm still happy with the result. I'm glad Abel continues to bring back the good music with a style, and I'm really hyped for what he's about to bring next.

By: Blugray

A1 Dawn FM
A2 Gasoline
A3 How Do I Make You Love Me?
A4 Take My Breathe
B1 Sacrifice
B3 Out of Time
B4 Here We Go...Again
C1 Best Friends
C2 Is There Someone Else
C3 Starry Eyes
C4 Every Angel Is Terrifying
D1 Don't Break My Heart
D2 I Heard You're Married
D3 Less Than Zero
D4 Phantom Regret By Jim

Records shipped in polylined black inner sleeves, housed in a direct-to-board gatefold jacket.

Record Label: Republic