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After Hours

The Weeknd

2020

After Hours
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After Hours is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer the Weeknd, released on March 20, 2020, by XO and Republic Records. Primarily produced by the Weeknd, it features a variety of producers, including DaHeala, Illangelo, Max Martin, Metro Boomin, and OPN, most of whom the Weeknd had worked with previously. The standard edition of the album has no features, but the deluxe edition features Ariana Grande and the remixes edition contains guest appearances from Chromatics and Lil Uzi Vert. Thematically, After Hours explores loneliness, self-loathing, and escapism. Prior to the album's release, the Weeknd confirmed that After Hours would contrast stylistically with its predecessor, Starboy (2016). Music journalists have noted the album as an artistic reinvention for the Weeknd, with the introduction of new wave and dream pop influences. The artwork and aesthetic for its promotional material has been described as psychedelic and being inspired by various films, such as Casino (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Joker (2019), and Uncut Gems (2019), while its title is borrowed from the 1985 film of the same name directed by Martin Scorsese. After Hours was supported by four singles: "Heartless", "Blinding Lights", "In Your Eyes", and "Save Your Tears", three of which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The title track was released as a promotional single. In March 2020, After Hours broke the record for the most global pre-adds in Apple Music history, with over 1.02 million users. The album received generally positive reviews; some critics named it the Weeknd's best work. It debuted atop the Billboard 200, marking the Weeknd's fourth number-one album in the US, and stayed atop the chart for four consecutive weeks. After Hours also reached the top spot in 20 other countries, including his native Canada and the United Kingdom. As of December 2022, the album is certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Rating

2.95

Votes

76

Genres

  • Pop

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

Yeah, I think this will age better than people think, very strong and introspective tracks on here.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
3

It's pretty remarkable that this is a mainstream pop record. Credit for pushing the boundaries. I'm a big fan of the really early music that he released for free with Beach House samples and real dark vibes.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
2

I tried to like this but the dream-pop, repetitive drum machine and his high pitched vocals really got under my skin. The only redeeming thing about this album was Blinded by the light.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
2

There's a few certified bops here, for sure. But as a whole album? This just felt bloated, bland, and boring. It's a shame, from the singles and lots of features I know him from, I had high hopes for this, but it just wasn't for me.

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Sun Jan 28 2024
2

The image, overprompted, persists: A man following you more-or-less obvious, protesting innocence pain & contrition. After Hours puts musical effort into the not-dance, creating quite a contrast with the singles. When they enter the mix, they complicate. A less extravagant project, a promising direction, a record that pulls the last punch.

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Tue Mar 12 2024
5

Some immense talent on display here. Thanks for sharing!

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

One of the most, if not the most important artist nowadays. Great album. The side B of the record is majestic.

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Fri Oct 06 2023
4

I really wanted to dislike this album. I really did. It's a 3/5 easy but Blinding Lights and Save Your Tears and legit pop bangers worthy of an extra star. 4/5.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
4

Good listen all the way through. Thanks for suggesting.

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Mon Jan 29 2024
4

A recent classic. Very strong effort from Abel. If it had been shorter and had included a few more songs of the same quality as "Blinding Lights", "Save Your Tears", "In Your Eyes" or even "After Hours", we would be talking about the "Thriller" of our time

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Thu Mar 28 2024
4

Powerful beats, great voice, fantastic to listen to.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
3

I had no idea that The Weeknd was the #1 streaming artist on Spotify, as well as maybe this album? I have heard a few tracks from The Weeknd but could not have told you who they were by. That said, this was better than I thought. Musically the beats and blooming synths sound great on their own, which unfortunately are brought down to earth by the vocals one-dimensionality. He’s kinda like the new T-Pain with the use of auto tune here, although it’s not a strongly used. Lyrically it’s all about longing and wanting that person back, which is so boring in pop music to me but… it’s universal and what you’d wanna sing about to get the most fans, for sure. Overall not bad. Although I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen, it wouldn’t also make me immediately reach to turn it off. Win?

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Thu Jan 11 2024
3

Favorite part: drum programming Least favorite part: vocals

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Thu Jan 11 2024
3

I can get into this. If I listen to a lot of The Weeknd it starts sounding whiney, but this is a cohesive album with a lot of strong songs. "Save Your Tears" really jumped out on this listen for some reason. May have been because it was reminding me "Apocalypse" by Cigarettes After Sex.

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Tue Jan 16 2024
3

I enjoyed this, but it's hard not to compare it to similar-vein greats like Prince and find it lacking.

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Mon Feb 12 2024
3

This album is extremely boring and extremely popular. Abel's voice is really grating to me - it's so high and so robotic. He hits the right notes but has absolutely zero emotion. Basically the two popular songs are decent and everything else is so mid. 5/10

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Mon Feb 12 2024
3

5/10. Well, I think that was enough autotune to keep me satisfied for a few years. Not bad by any means, and there were some nice lyrics as well, but I don't really like the overall sound that much.

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Thu May 02 2024
3

It was a decent album. I recognized several of the songs. Each song sounded very similar. It was also a little long.

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Tue Feb 06 2024
2

I remember seeing advertisements for this album on television. Therefore, I find this way too 'in the face'. Also, the excess of way to obvious autotune bothers me a bit too much. I bobbed my head on 'Blinding Lights', but that's almost it.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
2

Wow, the first single off this album has over 4 billion streams on Spotify since it came out in 2020! That is truely impressive. And with my exposure to The Weekend being limited to only a few radio-hits (among which Blinding Lights) I had some good hopes that the rest of this album would also be packed in that lovely 80's poppy-synth sound. Too bad though. I'm probably too old to 'understand' this, but this album is driving me nuts. In a bad way. Very well produced and catchy, but oily slik, falsetto wining and awfully bland lyrics. With the chance of insulting a whole generation: I'll skip the Weekend and will go right into Monday.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
2

Ik weet dat dit heel hip en happening is, maar ik vind het toch allemaal iets te gelikt.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
2

I tried, I really did, but this just isn't interesting to me. 2 stars.

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Tue Mar 12 2024
2

I do not care for this and that’s o.k.

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Sun Apr 21 2024
2

2 hits and the rest the same repetitive female vocal sound

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Tue May 14 2024
2

I liked Blinding Lights, but this album was an incredibly disappointing listen after all the hype. It hardly ever changes gear and feels bland.

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