Thursday (album)

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Mixtape by The Weeknd
Released August 18, 2011 (2011-08-18)
Genre PBR&B
Length 50:21
Label XO
The Weeknd chronology
House of Balloons
Echoes of Silence

Thursday is the second mixtape by Canadian singer The Weeknd, independently released on August 19, 2011. It follows his critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut mixtape House of Balloons (2011). Its music incorporates downtempo, dubstep, dream pop, hip hop, rock and reggae styles. As with his previous works, Canadian producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo were responsible for production of the mixtape. Young Money artist Drake contributes guest vocals to the track "The Zone".

Upon its release, Thursday received generally positive reviews from critics, who drew comparisons to House of Balloons. "Rolling Stone" and "The Birds Part 1" were released as buzz singles to precede the mixtape's release. Thursday was later remastered and packaged with The Weeknd's compilation album Trilogy (2012).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BLARE 4/5 stars[1]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[6]

Thursday received generally positive responses from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, based on 17 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[7] BBC Music's Mike Diver made a positive review, saying, "File him beside Frank Ocean as an R&B star set to climb to new heights in 2012."[8] Matthew Cole from Slant Magazine wrote, "The Weeknd is in full command of his craft, and at this point it's almost impossible for me to imagine that he won't deliver on the finale. He's earned my trust, as would any other artist who had already released two of the year's best albums."[5] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone gave a mixed review, commenting, "While it's refreshing to hear an R&B singer emphasizing the psychic toll of libertinism, his angst sex grows tiresome. Once in a while, can't this dude just get laid, and have fun doing it?"[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lonely Star"   5:49
2. "Life of the Party"  
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
  • B. Grier
  • B. Pontus
  • V. Reilly
3. "Thursday"  
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
4. "The Zone" (featuring Drake)
5. "The Birds Part 1"  
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
6. "The Birds Part 2"  
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
  • M. Topley-Bird
  • A. McGowen
  • N. Bird
  • S. Crittal
7. "Gone"  
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
  • B. Stachel
8. "Rolling Stone"  
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
9. "Heaven or Las Vegas"  
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese


  1. ^ Khan, Joshua (21 August 2011). "REVIEW: The Weeknd - "Thursday"". Toronto: BLARE Magazine. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  2. ^ "CoS review". 
  3. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". 
  4. ^ a b "Rolling Stone review". 
  5. ^ a b "Slant review". 
  6. ^ "Sputnik review". 
  7. ^ "Thursday Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  8. ^ "Music - Review of The Weeknd - Thursday". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 

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