Paul Byrne

Digital Film Colorist

The Weeknd – Kissland

The Weeknd

Paul Byrne | Digital Film Colorist

Kiss Land is the debut studio album by Canadian singer The Weeknd. It was released on September 10, 2013, by XO and Republic Records. The album was supported by six singles: “Kiss Land“, “Belong to the World“, “Love in the Sky”, “Live For“, “Pretty” and “Wanderlust”. The album’s sole guest appearance comes from frequent collaborator Drake. The album’s production was primarily handled by DannyBoyStyles, The Weeknd himself and Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville, among others.

Kiss Land received generally positive reviews from critics. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 95,000 copies in its first week. As of August 2015, the album had sold 273,000 copies in the United States.

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Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine said, “The music is never up to the conceptual task, and the album too often settles for numbing backdrops, with songs like “Belong to the World” and “Wanderlust” resembling wan impersonations of Bad-era Michael Jackson. Ian Cohen of Pitchfork said, “Kiss Land is technically the Weeknd’s fourth album in two and a half years, and without the ear-turning innovation of the earlier work, all you can muster in reaction to its worldview, 

Kiss Land” is a rough place to visit. But then again, when it comes to sex and loneliness, we’ve all been there. 

Tesfaye hasn’t turned to gimmicks for Kiss Land. Instead, he’s managed to transcend his previous efforts via the scaling up of the sonics. Simply maintaining the quality of this excellent record. In a more critical review, For those who aren’t as easily drawn into Tesfaye’s world. This will seem rough as insufferable and as bleakly aimless as the earlier material.

Corey Beasley of PopMatters said, “It’s easy to catch the way Kiss Land attempts to turn Trilogys afterparty ennui into a big screen, on-the-road, b-movie melodrama (something like Only God Forgives, with even less of a plot). Still, the punches seem half-pulled, and the production glides by without much of an impact. Mike Madden of Consequence of Sound said, “Apart from its mild Julia LeConte of Now said, “Kiss Land is proof for the unconvinced.

The Weeknd is a star whether he wants to be or not. And his voice. Oh, that delicious falsetto. Even seven-and-a-half minutes isn’t long enough. 

The Weeknd is a star whether he wants to be or not. And his voice. Oh, that delicious falsetto. Even seven-and-a-half minutes isn’t long enough. 


Paul Byrne