The King Of Fall Returns


Covers for The Weeknd’s latest singles “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”.

By Alma Duskic, Managing Editor

The self-proclaimed “King Of Fall,” music artist The Weeknd, also known as Abel Tesfaye, has resurfaced in the music scene with the release of two new singles, “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights.” Fans have been expecting music from The Weeknd for some time now, as his last album was released in late March of 2018.

Tesfaye began his return with the release of “Heartless” on Nov. 27, and I immediately fell in love. For some context, I have been following Tesfaye’s music for many years now, and when I heard he was releasing new music, I couldn’t wait.

“Heartless” was the perfect song for The Weeknd to release right now. The song has a hard beat that attracts listeners, and Tesfaye is hitting some high notes on the track that create such a good song. In terms of lyrics, I wouldn’t say that they have a lot of meaning and content in comparison to other songs by Tesfaye, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Tesfaye sings about not needing a significant other and thriving while being single. This song isn’t one where the lyrics move you, instead, it’s a hype song that is meant for people to have fun too. This is the type of song you sing in the car with your friends with all the windows down and the volume all the way up.

“Blinding Lights” on the other hand, is completely different. This single was released just 2 days after “Heartless” on Nov. 29th, and initially, I was not a fan of this song. I was still riding the wave of “Heartless,” and when I listened to “Blinding Lights” for the first time, I started playing “Heartless” halfway through because I really did not enjoy it.

This song has an electronic keyboard beat, like the ones from the ’80s. It vaguely reminded me of the beat in “Take On Me” by A-ha. It was such a drastic difference from “Heartless,” and I didn’t like this change. I ended up revisiting the song a few days later, and I’m glad I did. This song might even be better than “Heartless.” The keyboard beat is so refreshing, and Tesfaye’s voice on top of it creates a phenomenal sound and an overall great song.

In terms of lyrics, this song is the opposite of the lyrics of “Heartless.” In “Blinding Lights,” Tesfaye writes a love song about needing a girl. Again, drastically different from “Heartless,” but the variety is what makes The Weeknd such a good artist.

Overall, I’d highly recommend anyone to listen to these two songs, depending on your mood. If you are in your feelings, listen to “Blinding Lights,” but if you are feeling good and just want to vibe, listen to “Heartless.” The Weeknd has not publically announced a release date for his next album, but I’d pay attention because fall is almost over which means he most likely plans to release it sometime soon.