I can't help feeling as though I'm going to go over the same things as I cover the next six tracks. 'The Zone' starts with some stupid wailing and a basic beat before Drake contributes. While it's a bit of variety, it doesn't lift the album out of the pit it's clawed its way into. 'The Birds' is split into two parts, the first off which is my personal favourite out of the nine tracks, which isn't really saying anything. The drum beat does two things for me. It carries the beat fantastically, and gives me a more prominent element to focus on other than the vocals. Which do, in the very end, steal the song's glory. Stupid wavering in his words just sound ridiculous, even when you label them experimental or avant garde. 'Part Two' is more of the same, be it with no drum beat and a couple of nice samples. 'Rolling Stone' has a nice catchy guitar beat and 'Gone' has some worthwhile synths, but the closing track, 'Heaven or Las Vegas' works well with it's rock-orientated feel.
Overall, the beats, production and structure of most of the songs here are solid, but the lazy lyricism and 'I'm the best vocalist ever' singing lets that down. I'm left rather down heartened but not disappointed. While the polish has increased with The Weeknd's latest release, nothing much else has changed. I for one won't be returning to Abel Tesfaye anytime soon, but if you want to give it a whirl, listen to 'The Birds Part 1' below, then download it for free over here. Vocally and lyrically however, I'd set your expectations low.