Label: Republic/XO
Released: March 30

On My Dear Melancholy, the Weeknd took a slight detour from pop dominance to wear his heart on his sleeve. The six-song project is arguably his most personal to date, with the 28-year-old artist channeling the pain, regret, and aftermath of multiple high-profile breakups. Lyrics about his relationship with singer Selena Gomez and its upsetting end are spread throughout, like on “Call Out My Name,” where he sings, “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life.” Bella Hadid, who the Weeknd has since rekindled a flame with, is also referenced, but in a more affectionate manner: “Wasted times I spent with someone else/She wasn’t even half of you.” While My Dear Melancholy, is less accessible than Starboy or Beauty Behind the Madness, and is not quite as captivating as the Trilogy series, the project has its moments of excellence on songs like “Wasted Times” and “Try Me.” Moreover, it showcases the Weeknd opening up more, which can only bode well for “Chapter VI” of his catalog. —Edwin Ortiz