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“My Dear Melancholy” invokes nostalgia

Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, returns slightly to the darker vibe of his earlier work. “My Dear Melancholy,” the latest EP he dropped, has fans and critics wondering who broke his heart. The Weeknd is known for his music being dark and sexy. It sounds similar to some of his older projects like “House of Balloons,” “Kiss Land,” “Echoes of Silence” and “Thursday.”

As soon as the tempo dropped for the first song “Call Out My Name,” it gave listeners a brutal feeling. You could tell through the lyrics the hurt and pain he went through. “We found each other, I helped you out of a broken place. You gave me comfort, but falling for you was my mistake.” Through these lyrics he is talking about a tight bond that was broken and how he regrets it. Fans automatically speculated this album was about ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez. Through the next lyrics which stated, “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life. Guess I was just another pit stop, til you made up your mind. You just wasted my time.” The Weeknd and Gomez parted ways after 10 months of dating. Clearly, he was so distraught over the breakup that the rest of the EP shows what he went through.

The next song was titled “Try Me,” which was more of an upbeat song about sleeping with a woman that was already in another relationship. That particular song remains a mystery because not even fans know of whom he is referring to.

“Wasted Times” is the third song which is upbeat and the only song thought to be referencing his famous supermodel ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid. There is one line in particular that points to her directly that says, “You were equestrian, so ride it like a champion.” Hadid is an accomplished equestrian who competed throughout her childhood. He goes on to talk about how he wasted time with someone else, referring to Gomez. Maybe The Weeknd still has a soft spot for his ex.

Moving on to the fourth song, “I Was Never There” keeps the beat at a slow pace. It goes into details about struggles with depression. He references to having mindless sex and how he hasn’t had real happiness. The lyrics that make listeners speculate this is, “What makes a grown man wanna cry? What makes him want to take his life away?” It seems to me he is on the edge of a break down about a woman. Again, Gomez sparks the uproar for him being emotionally distraught.

“Hurt You” is the second-to-last song where he talks about all the nights he spent drying Gomez’s eyes. It has been in the media that Gomez suffers from mental illness. Fans can get the feeling that he doesn’t want her back through the lyrics saying, “‘Cause all the nights you slept alone dryin’ your eyes. Cause if it’s love you want again, don’t waste your time.”

Finally, we get to the last song titled “Privilege” where he is telling Gomez to go live her privileged life. “Enjoy your privileged life, ‘cause I’m not going to hold you through the night.” This is a perfect way to end the album because he is saying his last goodbyes and is moving on. The Weeknd has overcome the pain of it all and given fans his final thoughts and feelings he had about the relationship.

My Dear Melancholy is the ultimate breakup album, so if anyone is going through a similar situation or just wants some good music to listen to this might be the perfect album for you.

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