The Weeknd   Dawn FM
3.5
great
Release Date: 2022
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3.5 greatErwann S. CONTRIBUTOR | January 7th 22

Overall less front-to-back excellent than After Hours, Dawn FM still features its fair share of dope tunes ("Take My Breath", "Sacrifice", "Out of Time", "Less Than Zero" among others). The concept is *cool* without exactly leveraging its potential to the fullest - except for that fucking Quincy interlude. This interlude acts like a "Giorgio by Moroder" - in less dope though let's not kid ourselves, I was hoping for a "hello my name is Quincy Jones, but my friends call me Quincy". It also acts as a validation: Michael Jackson's producer (poke YoYo) being on the "new MJ" record is a - yes - big deal - and yes I called him the new MJ what you gonna do, call the cops? Also, an album that has got OPN AND Max Martin on production can only be dope - idc about Swedish House Mafia though. So this rambling's conclusion is: it's good. Not his best, but a cool record with cool tunes. 3.5

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3.0 goodTPrame | January 7th 22

Only a few songs really stand out and are worth revisiting, mostly good yet forgettable tracks

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4.5 superbSlex | January 7th 22

OPN is truly off the goop on this one holy good fuck

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4.5 superbtwistedfantasyy | January 7th 22

I think After Hours might be better, but this sounds really good at first listen. There are definitely some great tracks here, can see myself bumping up my rating in the next few weeks. rEDIT: Yup. It grew wonderfully. It's a staple in long night drives for me now, bumping this to a 4.5.

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5.0 classicGarthAlgar | January 7th 22

Definitely an experiment, but one that succeeded. Who would've thought the best part of an album rby The Weeknd was a ridiculously powerful outro by the only and only Jim Carrey.rAlso, the production on this is damn near perfection.

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3.5 greatSalteyBacon | March 14th 22

I have a feeling OPN was made to produce for the longest time, and we finally have a mainstream artist willing to work with him (and others) to make something that sounds more than the 80s and much like of this time. Great album.

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3.5 greatcjbizzlebizzle | February 26th 22

This one feels like its an album that a 3.25 rating would be pretty much spot on but when skimming back through the album there are enough moments to put it over the hump from good to great. Plenty of super catchy hooks and great vocal melodies which is completely unsurprising with The Weeknd. The whole Dawn FM concept doesn't really work but it is easy to just zone out during the interludes and such, very inoffensive. The lyrics are hit or miss, again mostly fine but certainly some lines where you kinda cringe. Standout tracks: Less Than Zero, Take My Breath, Out of Time.

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3.5 greatTjatkinson1998 | January 21st 22

After the amazing After Hours, the Weeknd delivers once again and this time goes even more 80s, with the influence of synth-wave and disco. Not only do we have Abel over an even more dancier sound, but in a more vulnerable state and projecting himself more openly than we?ve ever seen. He appears to be seeing his flaws and faults and trying to have that perfect relationship, but knowing deep down that he?ll mess it up. The Jim Carrey skits also are great and add well to the themes of the record and the features are pretty solid from Tyler and Wayne, even if some of Wayne?s bars are a bit meh. There are a few tracks that don?t quite stick the landing and the production isn?t as adventurous as I?d like and have seen before from The Weeknd. Still a great new chapter in the Abel Tesfaye story and can?t wait to see where we go next. 7.5/10rFaves: Here We Go? Again, Best Friends & Don?t Break My HeartrLows: Is There Someone Else?, Starry Eyes

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3.5 greatMitch | January 13th 22

I actually love The Weeknd, but I was kinda dreading listening to this. I was worried the oversaturation of 80's nostalgia the we've been subjected to for the past 5 years would ruin this album, but I was pleasantly surprised. The style on this record feels less like a gimmick and more like a genuine attempt at updating that late 70's early 80's disco/R&B sound. I also think the fact that I don't have to call in sick for work to finish the entire album in one sitting really helped with that. I can't stress how refreshing it is for a mainstream artist to release an album without 100 songs and 25 bonus tracks.

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3.0 goodajcollins15 | January 12th 22

It has been a wild and extremely lucrative career thus far for Abel Tesfaye. His unique blends of synthetic chords and RnB has branched a whole slew of copycat artists, but no one can hit as hard as The Weeknd. Coming off of his most successful both commercially and underground with ?After Hours?, Abel had some big shoes to fill, and although I don?t believe ?Dawn FM? is that next step, it is a revolutionary building block that will hopefully pay off as he hints towards a third record in this trilogy. Working with legendary pop producer Max Martin (production examples: Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Usher, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, etc.) and renowned underground electronic artist Daniel Lopatin (i.e., Oneohtrix Point Never) bolsters Abel?s sonic ideas into full blast on ?Dawn FM?. However, I think Oneohtrix Point Never and Abel have a lot of work to do together before their unique visions align since this album is really a sonic mess. Many of the times vocals and synths aren?t meshing well and Abel sounds awkward. Overall my biggest takeaway from this album is it sounds less like a Weeknd record as it does a radio-friendly version of Daniel?s most recent release last year ?Magic Oneohtrix Point Never??especially all the radio edits and skits.

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4.0 excellentPrincyAli | January 10th 22

The 80s themes of After Hours have become fully realized. 4.2/5 Favs: Gasoline, How Do I Make You Love Me?, Take My Breath, Sacrifice, Out Of Time, Here We Go...Again, Is There Someone Else?, Less Than Zero, Phantom Regret By Jim

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3.0 goodbigguytoo9 | January 8th 22

Went with a 4 on this to start on first listen but it's getting bumped down to a 3. Good album all in all but not his best and it's very disjointed. The features by Tyler and Lil Tunch arent anything to write home about. I figured at least Tyler would show up in the booth and spit something memorable. Dont think ill be playing this much.

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4.0 excellentcharlopiano | January 8th 22

It feels incredible when you have an artist that you like but haven't fully loved an album of their and they finally put the record that makes you go wow.

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4.5 superbFaraudo | January 7th 22

I really dig everything this mf does tbh, love the high concept behind this.

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0.0 Tundra | January 7th 22

Really enjoyed it to my surprise even though the whole synthwave schtick is getting old I feel like. The Weeknd still sticks the landing with flying colors with this new offering, every track is pretty great honestly for me.

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3.5 greatbuttgrinder | January 7th 22

Calling it now, either Take My Breath will be his most popular song of the year and will probably
be a contender to top the billboards for the whole year

Edit: never mind, it's great but streamers and radio station won't have the attention span for
this track

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4.0 excellentDaneleslie | January 7th 22

Really solid set of tracks. How Do I Make You Love Me showed me that I want a Weeknd house album

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2.5 averageCayit | January 7th 22

AFTERHOURS was MUCH better...Too many interludes...

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3.5 greatgryndstone | January 7th 22

fun synthfunk with some soulful moments and weighty interludes. Love the concept, some songs float by but the vibe is consistent

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