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“My Dear Melancholy:” An Album of Beautiful Heartbreak

The Weeknd’s six song extended play released March 29 is full of dramatic songs breaking any listener's heart.

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The Weeknd performs during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12.

The Weeknd performs during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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The Weeknd performs during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Paige Ritter, Co-Photo Editor

The Weeknd has a distinct sound that anyone familiar with his music will recognize in his new album “My Dear Melancholy.” The album is classic Weekend, displaying his high beautiful vocal range and smooth blend of rhythm and blues and electronic sounds. However, heartbreak and loneliness dominate this six-song EP released March 29, turning Starboy into Lonely Boy.

“Call Out My Name” is the first song on the album introducing the album’s heartbreak theme. The dramatic ballad, even with its depressing lyrics, still make the listener want to sing along to the somehow catchy song.

Next is “Try Me,” whose lyrics are a bit of a pity party about his breakup with Selena Gomez. However, the song’s smooth rhythm and changing tempo make it a song to dance to, but only by yourself, as the song and album are clearly about separation and loss.

The Weeknd demonstrates his range most in “Wasted Time.” Besides the display of great vocal capabilities, the song differs the most from other songs on the album in tempo and style.

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album art: “My Dear Melancholy.”

The fourth song on the album is probably the weakest and most forgettable, fitting its title of “I Was Never There.” While the weakest, it is still a strong song individually, but blends into the background quickly when matched up with the other five songs.

By far the most underrated and possibly best song on the album is “Hurt You.” The song is emotional R&B/Pop but new and heartbreakingly catchy.

“My Dear Melancholy,” ends with the song “Privilege.” This song seems to be a final beautiful goodbye to a former partner, or a sad liberation from pain after an album full of heartbreak.

Without completely switching his style on fans, The Weeknd turned his heartbreak into a fresh, new album able to make listeners both cry and want to dance and sing along. It is no wonder that within 24 hours of its release, the album was streamed over 26 million times on Apple Music, according to XXL magazine.

While listening to all six tracks consecutively without focusing on his emotionally charged lyrics, all the songs seem to blend together, as if it is one long song. However, with an attentive listener prepared to cry, the six-song EP will exceed expectations and make listeners experience The Weeknd’s “Dear Melancholy.” It is a breakup album a listener can feel the actual heartbreak in, not the typical Taylor Swift profit from pain album.

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