The Weeknd “Echoes of Silence” Mixtape Download & Stream
Echoes of Silence is the third mixtape by Canadian artist, The Weeknd. The project is the final installment in the trilogy of free albums released by The Weeknd in 2011, with features from long-time collaborator Carlo ”Illangelo“ Montagnese, Juicy J, Clams Casino, DropxLife, and the XO crew.
Abel Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known by his stage name The Weeknd, is an Ethiopian-Canadian recording artist and record producer. He grew up listening to a variety of music genres, including soul, quiet storm, hip hop, funk, indie rock, and post-punk. In late 2010, Weeknd uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd“, though his identity was initially unknown. In 2011, he released three nine-track mixtapes: House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. In 2012, he released a compilation album, Trilogy, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. It was released under Universal Republic Records, and his own label XO.
In September, The Weeknd signed with Republic Records in a joint venture with his own imprint label XO. The compilation album Trilogy was released in November, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtapes and three additional songs. It also officially credited Rose as a producer and writer on three songs from House of Balloons. On December 9, the BBC announced that the Weeknd had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll. In March 2013, he will be on tour in the UK: he will give concerts in Glasglow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. On January 7, The Weeknd revealed on Twitter a picture of his computer folder titled “2013 untitled album“.
Music journalists associate The Weeknd with PBR&B, an emerging wave of recording artists whose music expands on the sound and sensibility of R&B. Mistry writes that he “will be obsequiously praised as the future of R&B music – because [he] is a black singer, not because he’s making quantifiable, canonical R&B“. Allmusic‘s Andy Kellman categorizes him as an “alternative R&B act”. Prior to his major label deal, The Weeknd withheld his identity and maintained an enigmatic, shadowy persona while releasing his mixtapes online. On social media outlets such as Twitter, he suffixed his name with “xo“, an emoticon for “a hug and a kiss”.
Echoes of Silence is the third mixtape by Canadian artist, The Weeknd, released December 21, 2011 via his official website. The release follows his Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut release House of Balloons and his second album Thursday, both released earlier the same year. The project is the final installment in the trilogy of free albums released by The Weeknd in 2011. The album was preceded by the release of the single, “Initiation“. Long-time collaborator Carlo “Illangelo” Montagnese returned to produce the bulk of the project, with other production contributions coming from Clams Casino and DropxLife of the XO crew. Rapper Juicy J contributes a short spoken-word interlude at the end of “Same Old Song“.
Echoes of Silence received general acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics and fans, the album received an average score of 82, based on 16 reviews, which indicates “universal acclaim“. The album was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on June 14, 2012. This marks the second consecutive year The Weeknd has been nominated for the award. The Weeknd has received praise from several music publications, including Pitchfork, MTV, BET, Rolling Stone, XXL and The Source. MTV‘s John Norris has dubbed him the “songbird of his generation” and the “best musical talent since Michael Jackson“.
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