Label: XO, Republic
Released: Nov. 25

At 18 tracks, Starboy is the most ambitious Weeknd album yet. The project features Abel Tesfaye embracing the pop-star status he earned from his second studio LP, Beauty Behind the Madness, while also trying to stay true to his day-one fans. The title track, "Rockin," "I Feel It Coming," and "Secrets" show his radio-friendly side, while darker, more hedonistic songs like “Reminder” play to his base, as he calls out lame R&B dudes and sings about pouring codeine in his trophies. In the end, he tries to do too much with the album, vacillating back and forth between the mainstream and the underground on a whopping 18 tracks; the material begins to drag. Instead of making the tightest project he could, he tried too hard to make everyone happy. —Zach Frydenlund