The Music Sounds Better: The Weeknd releases sinister second album in six months

When The Weeknd’s breakout mixtape, “House of Balloons,” dropped in March, it was considered an out-of-left field enigma partly because of the veil of mystery surrounding its unknown creator.

After the release of “House of Balloons,” The Weeknd was quickly lapped up as a critical darling, nabbing a Polaris Music Prize nomination and rave reviews from nearly every music publication willing to give the low-profile release the light of day.

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