Kiss Land (song)
|Single by The Weeknd|
|from the album Kiss Land|
|Released||May 17, 2013|
|The Weeknd singles chronology|
"Kiss Land" is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd, from his debut studio album Kiss Land. It was released on May 17, 2013 by XO and Republic Records. Upon its release, it received critical acclaim from music critics, who appreciated the progression from his earlier works. Although it was assumed to have been the album's lead single, the song "Belong to the World" was released as the lead single for Kiss Land on July 16, 2013. On June 25, 2013, a month later the music video was released, featuring adult actresses London Keyes, Asphyxia Noir and Bonnie Rotten. It is considered NSFW due to the sexual explicit content, but a censored version was released as well.
Background and composition
In 2011, The Weeknd released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence to critical acclaim. The following year, he released the compilation album Trilogy, which contained his earlier projects with three newly recorded tracks. The Weeknd began work on his debut studio album Kiss Land in 2013; he revealed the title and cover artwork on March 17.
The song was produced by Silkky Johnson, known for his previous work with ASAP Mob and Lil B, in which the first half of the song is a repurpose of another song he initially produced for Main Attrakionz entitled "Nothin' Gonna Change," from the 2011 mixtape 808s & Dark Grapes II. "Kiss Land" was released to the iTunes Store on May 17, 2013, and lasts for seven minutes and thirty-six seconds, it contains a sample of "La Ritournelle" by French musician Sébastien Tellier. The song was co-produced by DannyBoyStyles, The Weeknd himself and Jason "DaHeala" Quenneville. It is divided into two musical portions; the first section discusses themes of sex, while the latter half addresses the topics of alcoholism.
Upon its release, "Kiss Land" was met with acclaim from music critics. Lauren Nostro from Complex complimented The Weeknd's growth as an artist, noting that he "continually refines" his "defined aesthetic", and noted that the track "boasts a bridge". Global Grind's Brittany Lewis described the song as "hypnotic", while Carl Williott of Idolator thought that the use of a woman's scream brought a "sinister lothario thing to absurd new heights". Rob Markman from MTV News felt that "Kiss Land" shared a similar structure to The Weeknd's previous tracks, but also suggested that the forthcoming release of Kiss Land will reveal "a lot more about music's mystery man".
VH1 India gave "Kiss Land" a 7/10 citing it as "An impressive sequential plunge into The Weeknd's cryptic tide, but as he himself so coyly reminds us,"This is nothing to relate to," and we may have already extended our invitation".
|South Korea International Streaming Chart (Gaon)||195|
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