Track Review: The Weeknd - 'Starboy' (ft Daft Punk)

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Weeknd has returned with a brand new single, 'Starboy', which will also appear on his upcoming album (due for release on November 25th) along with 18 other tracks. 

When I first saw that Daft Punk collaborated on 'Starboy', I will admit that I was feeling adamant (yet curious). The reason I fell in love with The Weeknd's sound back in 2011 during his mixtape days was the beauty that was hidden behind darkness in his words. His previous album Beauty Behind The Madness didn't hit the mark in that respect, in the same way Kiss Land and his previous mixtapes did.  

All it took was 30 seconds of 'Starboy' to win me over.

As I mentioned, I was worried initially concerned when I saw that Daft Punk were on this track. Not that I don't like Daft Punk, I love them; I was just hoping that The Weeknd wasn't branching out into French electro. In this track, Daft Punk were able to use their signature use of synths and marry it to The Weeknd's notable hauntingly poetic lyricism. The tribalesque beats are different from what you would expect Daft Punk to bring to production, but it's effective, this is not a Daft Punk song. If you're here for Daft Punk, this isn't the song for you

In the song, he brags about his now 30 million dollars net worth (not mentioned in the song, but we know he's getting paper). The song hints to his wealth when he brings up new his McLaren as well as his red Lamborghini. Abel's female companions (including supermodel Bella Hadid) are unattainable; even his sidechick is 'out of your league too'. Though this confidence may be nauseating for some, it's hard to be envious of his life when he is constantly singing about his pain (and the drugs he uses to numb them). When he brags in his lyrics, he does so in a way that is a juxtaposition of the many facets of his identity. 

If the rest of his upcoming album can emulate what 'Starboy' has achieved, then we're in store for his best release yet.

The Weeknd's new album Starboy is set for release on November 25th, listen to his new single below:

Written by Amy Smolcic