R&B emoter the Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) emerged in 2011 under a shroud of mystery, with little inclination to play live, conduct interviews or even sign to a label. Critics widely praised the trio of mixtapes he released that year, applauding his moody, nocturnal brand of R&B and penchant for sampling indie rock (Beach House, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Cocteau Twins). The Weeknd's major-label debut follows that template, with an increased production presence that aims for audiophiles with expensive speaker systems.

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