The Weeknd   Kiss Land
3.1
good
Release Date: 2013
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0.0 Jacob Royal STAFF | September 2nd 13

Sobhi, Sobhi, we need your opinion to guide us so.

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2.0 poorAdam Thomas EMERITUS | September 2nd 13

Even before Kiss Land was a topic on message boards, before Abel unsuccessfully tried to out jackass Kanye West, it was obvious that whatever he did next was going to be a slick and lifeless affair. His reworking of his near flawless Trilogy to make it uninteresting, clean, and safe enough for pop-rap radio play was the clarion call that it wasn't about the art, it wasn't about the sex, and it wasn't about the drugs; it was about how much of his art he could sacrifice to get more sex and more drugs. The answer on Kiss Land gives us is most of it. It's boring, it's bloated, and worst of all, it's comfortable. Mind-numbingly so.

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3.0 goodbloc | September 3rd 13

Of all the mirror shots this man takes, he picks that one to be the album cover?

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3.0 goodGuzzo | September 2nd 13

While it isn't House of Balloons or Echoes of Silence level, it is still a great release by The Weeknd. It's sad, however, that many will rate this poorly based off of Abel Tesfaye as a person and not his music.

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2.0 poorAlex Beebe | September 11th 13

Abel's melodies here aren't as varied, aching, and organic on Kiss Land as they were
on the mixtapes. Furthermore, while his range is still impressive, he's still showing no
signs of adopting any form of restraint, and this results in a vocal approach that is
identical to a numbing extent. The album's production isn't as raw as the mixtapes, and has
a much more cleaner and glossier sheen. While this makes sense seeing as how it's his major
label debut, I think this indicates a complete departure from what made him stand out from
the rest of his contemporaries in the first place. His mixtape trilogy was gritty, brooding,
and bluntly sexual R&B with darker alternative music leanings. It's plainly obvious that
Kiss Land sounds utterly processed and sterilized in comparison. The songs are set on
a bigger scale no doubt, but outside of the context of comparing this music to his previous
outings, the general atmosphere of the record sounds neutered, and musically, the songs are
like pack-mules in how lumbering, tedious, and over-encumbered they are with homogenized yet
jarringly contrasting layers.


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0.0 Scott Krasman | September 1st 13

i liked this guy better when he wasn't an immense douchenozzle

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0.0 A J M H | September 2nd 13

I used to make beats for this guy in High School. Well, Junior High....

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2.5 averageAlexander | October 17th 13

Tbh Kiss Land is probably a decent record, but because the Triology set the bar so damn high for The Weeknd. More than half of these songs come out sounding bland. Some of the songs such as "Professional",the sexy "Love In The Sky", and the controversial Portishead inspired "Belong To The World" suggest that The Weeknd can still make creative R&B tracks while maintaining an mainstream appeal. But unless he breaks the mold of his now major label influenced sound and repetitive story telling, Abel Tesfaye will continue to hit below the greatness his Trilogy was.

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2.5 averageMicah-Nahum Ferguson is reading again. | October 3rd 13

I'm with Anthony Fantano on this one.

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0.0 B R A N D O N S C O T T | September 11th 13

back in the day, i would let abel bang my mom, now i wouldnt even let him bang my overweight sister

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3.5 greatdarkbunny | September 11th 13

Not even remotely as bad as people pretended it was (according to the early ratings.) Not as good as the trilogy, but not terrible. Might even jump to a four. The only truly terrible track is the Drake one.

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0.0 Seth Barry-Hinton | September 4th 13

"Basically a glorified Indicud" - The Wizard T

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3.5 greatDropdeadWHA | September 1st 13

Kiss Land is where the mystery begins to fade. The Weeknd slowly becomes the man he used to be: Abel Tesfaye.

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