Review: The Weeknd – House of Balloons (mixtape)

The Weeknd – House of Balloons (mixtape)

I’ve listened to (and will be reviewing) a lot of mixtapes lately, and this one is impressive.  I know very little about this latest hipster fanboy/girl crush, other than he’s from Toronto, and that Drake apparently gave him a co-sign (for what it’s worth).  In any case, it’s a really good mixtape, to which there seems to be some cloudy foundations, as well as cloudy sonics – adding to the mystique.  It’s equal parts futuristic R&B, plus The xx and Burial – I took those comparisons from Pitchfork, because it pretty much works.  But I would also add a bit of Junior Boys and Portishead in there too, and even The-Dream.

Grade: A.  Excellent…felt like an actual album.  Thank God for free stuff – download here.

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