Bridie Adams reviews the title track of The Weeknd’s latest album
Canadian singer The Weeknd’s new single, After Hours, is a desperate plea for the return of lost love. Coupled with The Weeknd’s distinctive vocal sound, the lyrics see him asking for an ex-lover to forgive him after heartbreak. The lyrics are intimate and look towards a future of children with the one he loves, as he sings “I wanna share babies, protection we won’t need”.
There is a clear desire for commitment and security in the track. The Weeknd’s music is often about love and lust, with ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, one of his most well-known songs, being very centred around an uncontrollable sexual interest in someone to the point of obsession.
There is a clear desire for commitment and security in the track
However, ‘After Hours’ is probably most comparable to The Weeknd’s earlier work, specifically that in his compilation album Trilogy. Specifically, ‘Wicked Games’, the leading single from his 2011 album is much like ‘After Hours’, from its thematic focus (relating to deep, intense love) and its slow, brooding sound.
It’s interesting to see The Weeknd reverting to his earlier vibe, which is likely why ‘After Hours’ has received such a positive critical reception.