The Weeknd fans, you may now rest easy. Abel Tesfaye has fulfilled his promise and released the last chapter of his 90s R&B inspired holy triology of free downloadable mixtapes before the close of the year. In a gloriously fitting move, the first track of the mixtape, entitled Echos Of Silence, is a cover of the late and great Michael Jackson.
This is an exceptional production that even the truest MJ fans are sure to love. It's unquestionably brimming with soul and Tesfaye's passionately powerful pipes. Some parts are so parallel to Jackson's own vocals it's east to forget it's a cover you're listening to. Strong drums and a bellowing performance from The Weeknd leaves a lasting impression, in addition to the lamenting choir of voices supporting the last part of the song.
In the age where autotune rules supreme, raw vocal talent is welcomed and worshiped for people like me who grew up with Jodeci and Ginuwine bumping on the radio, and remember R. Kelly before he peed on children slash trapped himself in that damn closet. Where I'm sitting now, I know there was life before The Weeknd, but I just don't want to think about it. It will definitely be interesting to see what direction The Weeknd takes from here. With the following he's picked up this year, it's safe to say that Tesfaye will be making some more waves in the 2012.
To download "D.D." and the rest of Echos Of Silence, travel to The Weeknd's official site here and get your sultry R&B on.