The Weeknd completes mixtape trifecta



Ethiopian/Canadian singer The Weeknd — born Abel Tesfaye — released his third mixtape of the year last night, Echoes of Silence. All three albums are available for free at his Website,

The Weeknd is Consequence of Sound's rookie artist of the year for his R&B work and efforts to redefine what it means to be a star in the Internet Age. In addition to his mixtapes, he also received a bunch of writing credit for his work with Drake.

Tesfaye's voice sounds close to Michael Jackson's on the album opener, a cover of the King of Pop's "Dirty Diana." There's some solid original work here though the lyrics get a little too "woe is me" at times. Tesfaye's vocals are the focus of his music, though surrounded by lush electronic soundscapes and rhythms.

It's free — might as well check it out...

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