Echoes of Silence

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Echoes of Silence
Echoes of Silence by The Weeknd.png
Mixtape by The Weeknd
Released December 21, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Rock
Length 45:45
Label XO
Producer
The Weeknd chronology
Thursday
(2011)
Echoes of Silence
(2011)
Trilogy
(2012)

Echoes of Silence is the third mixtape by Canadian singer 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 mixtape Thursday,[1] both released earlier the same year. The project is the final installment in the trilogy of free albums released by The Weeknd in 2011.[2][3]

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".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club B+[6]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly B+[8]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[9]
Now 4/5[10]
Pitchfork Media 8.1/10[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[13]
Spin 8/10[14]

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".[4]

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.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "D.D." (Dirty Diana cover) Michael Jackson Illangelo 4:35
2. "Montreal"   Illangelo 4:10
3. "Outside"  
  • Tesfaye
  • Montagnese
  • A. Balshe
  • M. Follin
  • R. Mattos
Illangelo 4:20
4. "XO / The Host"  
  • Tesfaye
  • Montagnese
Illangelo 7:23
5. "Initiation"  
  • Tesfaye
  • Montagnese
  • M. Wong
  • G. A. Muldrow
4:20
6. "Same Old Song"  
Illangelo 5:12
7. "The Fall"  
  • Tesfaye
  • Mike Volpe
  • Montagnese
5:45
8. "Next"  
  • Tesfaye
  • Montagnese
  • Wong
Illangelo 6:00
9. "Echoes of Silence"  
  • Tesfaye
  • Montagnese
Illangelo 4:02

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Weeknd - 'Echoes of Silence' Mixtape - TheNext2Shine.com - New R&B Music Video, R&B Soul News Interview, Emerging Undiscovered Unsigned Talent". Blog.thenext2shine.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
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  4. ^ a b "Reviews for Echoes of Silence by The Weeknd". Metacritic. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Echoes of Silence – The Weeknd". AllMusic. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ Rytlewski, Evan (January 12, 2012). "The Weeknd: Echoes of Silence". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (January 10, 2012). "Album review: The Weeknd, 'Echoes of Silence'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ Anderson, Kyle (January 10, 2012). "Echoes of Silence". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ Petridis, Alexis (January 12, 2012). "The Weeknd: Echoes of Silence – review". The Guardian. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ Boles, Benjamin (January 5, 2012). "The Weeknd's Echoes Of Silence". Now. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ryce, Andrew (January 3, 2012). "The Weeknd: Echoes of Silence". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ Dolan, Jon (January 4, 2012). "Echoes of Silence". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  13. ^ Cole, Matthew (January 7, 2012). "The Weeknd: Echoes of Silence". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  14. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (December 22, 2011). "The Weeknd, ‘Echoes of Silence’ (Self-released)". Spin. Archived from the original on January 4, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Polaris Prize long list includes lots of Toronto bands". Toronto Star, June 14, 2012.