After Hours by the Weeknd. By far his best album, but it's not a masterpiece. Because, no matter how strong Heartless, In Your Eyes, Faith and Blinding Light (hit of 2020 for me) are, the rest is just....there. I feel this was the thought process about the album : "Ok, guys. We have a quota of 14 song. We need to fill it. How about this? We make 4 great songs that will represent the album, the rest will be just a filling". Yes, those 4 songs are great, but tracks like After Hours, Until I Bleed Out and Too Late are killing my will to live. Well, giving the fact that I didn't liked Beauty Behind the Madness and find Starboy paifully mediocre, After Hours was a breath of fresh air. Still, a light 7/10 and a recommendation to check it. Maybe you will find something about the album that clicks more with you than I did.
Nah I agree with you here - I thought the middle section of the album was great but the start was meh.
I can't remember the last album I listened to so here's a summary of some of the more memorable albums I listened to over the lockdown period:
3.15.20 - Childish Gambino
Genre(s): Alternative Hip-hop
5/10 - I loved it on first listen but the second and third listens weren't quite as punchy. Algorhythm is a great song, as is Feels Like Summer (or 43.22 or whatever its name was on the album version)
After Hours - The Weeknd
Genre(s): New Wave/R&B
7/10 - Very easy listen, with some very funky tunes. If you manage to have a summer barbecue, it makes for some nice background music. In Your Eyes is my favourite track.
Pink - Two Feet
Genre(s): Indie, Alternative
8/10 - This is the album all the cool kids listen to at those hangouts where making out and drinking happens... I felt like a wallflower* listening to this. Favourite track is probably BBY - very sexy lil' tune...
I only got 40 minutes into The Perks of Being a Wallflower before it cringed me out so I don't know if this is a good reference or not.
Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa
Genre(s): Pop, Dance Pop
9/10 - An album packed full of funky jams. Makes me want to go clubbing every time I listen to it. Favourite track (if I had to pick) is probably Don't Start Now, but Future Nostalgia and Love Again are also close contenders.
Circles - Mac Miller
Genre(s): Soul, Pop-Rap
8/10 - A super emotional send-off to an incredibly talented artist, and probably the best album out of the three of his that I've listened to. Favourite track is Good News - honestly one of the most emotional songs I've ever listened to.
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Genre(s): Art Pop
6/10 - Very controversial because it's critically acclaimed, but I thought the instrumental choices were a bit meh and could have been more developed, or better chosen in some places. The vocal performance was very strong, though. Favourite track was probably Ladies.
Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA
9.5/10 - What an album, man. It's grand, excessive and bold in all the right ways. There's a whole host of influences in here, ranging from Britney Spears to metal music. Favourite song is probably Comme Des Garcons - it feels very "Paris Fashion Week".
KOKOROKO - KOKOROKO
Genre(s): Jazz, Afrobeat
9/10 - Oh man, this is cool... If you're a jazz head, I implore you to listen to it. It's only four tracks, but those four tracks were enough to completely immerse me in the KOKOROKO world. Favourite track is probably the opener, Adwa.