The Weeknd has hit 2020 running and doesn’t sound like he’s planning to stop anytime soon. In support of a new upcoming album, Abel's lead singles, "Heartless" and "Blinding Lights", are equally supercharged as they deliver an upscale production that is laying the foundation for his new sound. Following the announcement of his fourth album AFTER HOURS, which drops next month, the "King of the Fall " comes back alive by releasing the album’s title track.
“After Hours” begins with The Weeknd sounding defeated and singing in a somber tone as his lyrics summarize his race against time to win back his woman's heart. While the song itself starts off with a slow-rising tempo, it explodes into a synth-pop tour-de-force when you least expect it.
Where the first half beings with a more melancholy start, the second half is pumping faster than a speeding bullet with Abel effortlessly gliding across the Miami Vice-era production. The instrumentals go 0-60 in an ‘84 Testarossa down South Beach as Abel slams his foot on the gas to rescue his sweetest love. While the production is clean and undoubtedly stellar, what really brings this song home is the haunting chorus as Abel croons with full remorse: Oh baby, Where are you now when I need you most? I’d give it all just to hold you close, Sorry that I broke your heart . It won’t be a surprise that he’s able to snag his second #1 single for his forthcoming album once this gets ahold of the airwaves.
The “Earned It” singer announced that his AFTER HOURS LP is slated for release on March 20, 2020. This album has been long-awaited and will mark his first in four years. While the tracklist has yet to be released in its entirety, it is already confirmed that the album will contain a total of fourteen new tracks. There aren’t many details that have been released but so far, The Weeknd is sounding like he’s only getting warmed up.