My Dear Melancholy” may be the ultimate ode to a break up. On this six track EP, The Weeknd pours out his heart and soul, giving us deeper insight into his recent split with Selena Gomez. This EP is relatable to just about anyone who's been in an emotionally invested relationship, as most of us have found ourselves brooding over a breakup and reflecting internally about the situation. Musically “My Dear Melancholy” is next level, the sonics of the album are a perfect addition as they immediately put you into the mood of the project with the bulk of the production coming from Frank Dukes, Gesaffelstein and Mike WiLL Made It. The production is eerie yet beautiful which allows you to tap into emotion of every record. The same can be said for Abel’s vocals where he has amazing melodies but his words are filled with so much pain, anger, and heartbreak.
The EP opens up with the record “Call Out My Name” and you're immediately thrown into the turmoil of the failed relationship. “We found each other, I helped you out of a broken place, You gave me comfort, But falling for you was my mistake”. On this record you really feel the frustrations of the situation via his reflections on the relationship. Despite this he still wants the relationship to work. “So call out my name, So call out my name when I kiss you, So gently, I want you to stay, I want you to stay even though you don’t want me, Girl why can’t you wait, Girl why can’t you wait till I fall out of loving, Babe call out my name, Just call out my name and I’ll be on my way.”
The next record is the Mike WiLL laced “Try Me” sees The Weeknd singing about a situation many find themselves in trying to rekindle the flame of a past relationship when your partner has already moved onto their next relationship. We look to gauge how serious the new relationship really is and if it isn’t, you shoot your shot given the chance. The closing record “Privilege” is that point during the breakup where you're accepting of the circumstances and you want the other person to be happy and truly wish them the best. Top to bottom this album takes you on a journey through the stages of a break up. You may find yourself looking to send that text to an ex knowing that you shouldn’t... With it's somber beats, melodic vocals, and all too real lyrics this album embodies love and heartbreak. Despite the slight depressing tone of the album and it at times feeling like a messy text message thread "My Dear Melancholy" is a truly great body of work where the artist puts his truth at the forefront of his music giving us one of his best projects.