Review: The Weeknd's 'My Dear Melancholy,' Mixes Deep Gloom and Tough Love

As one of pop music’s preeminent ministers of brood, Abel Tesfaye can lay claim to exerting a huge influence on the menacing tone that undergirds a large swath of contemporary R&B. And he knows it. With two multiplatinum albums in the bag, the Weeknd has largely conquered a pop landscape he once dismissed as trivial, composing pop records that hide his bleak visions in a danceable, radio-savvy trojan horse. But on his new release, My Dark Melancholy, his first release since 2016’…
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