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Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Weeknd: Deconstructing Traditional R&B Templates

Posted by on Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM

(Paramount) In less than two years, 22-year-old Torontonian Abel Tesfaye, aka the Weeknd, has proceeded from anonymous YouTube poster to recipient of press accolades including "songbird of his generation" and "best musical talent since Michael Jackson" (MTV's John Norris). The variant of R&B employed by him and his ilk has been referred to as "PBR&B," "R-Neg-B," and "hipster R&B" by people who are likely tiresome to converse with. Ignoring such nonsense, it's possible to verify that Tesfaye indeed possesses a truly marvelous tenor, which he can stretch to great range, and that his productions are often even more interesting in their deconstruction and backward reassembly of traditional R&B templates.


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Sean Jewell 1
House Of Balloons consumed me in 2011. but I had my doubts until I saw the live broadcast from Coachella. Turns out with live instrumentation he's even better! Should be a good show at the Paramount. I'm sure the $40/ticket price is more than it cost to make all of his mixtapes though...
Posted by Sean Jewell http:// on September 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM · Report this
I don't think Michael Jackson used autotune.
Posted by T-Pain on September 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 3
I use autotune for everyday speech.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on September 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM · Report this
nipper 4
What? It's a pop ballad, with mood and progression hung on the Beatles "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Also: Michael Jackson was not an R&B singer, he sang pop.
Posted by nipper on October 3, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this

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