Ten days ago, The Weeknd released his long-awaited new album, After Hours. It’s an impressive record, and has launched the singles “Heartless,” “Blinding Lights,” and “In Your Eyes” – each with a music video. The Weeknd already surprised fans when he updated digital versions of the album to include five bonus tracks, including four remixes and the live SNL version of “Scared To Live.” Now, After Hours is being updated with three more bonus tracks – and this time, they’re original, unheard songs. “Nothing Compares,” “Missed You,” and “Final Lullaby” are tracks 15, 16, and 17 on the album. The aforementioned remixes and live recording currently extend the album to track 22, though The Weeknd stated today that they’ll be separated out onto an EP this Friday.
“Nothing Compares” fades in on a low hum before a brass synth sound introduces a melodic hook. The Weeknd croons over a mid-tempo beat, singing “Nothing compares to the emptiness we share” on the chorus. Then, harkening back to his new song “Faith,” The Weeknd brings up religious themes again on the bridge, saying “I sin too much to pray.” Although it’s an emotional breakup song, the sound is irresistibly cool.
Atmospheric sounds and clicking percussion form the base for “Missed You,” another soft ballad dedicated to The Weeknd’s ex-girlfriend. On the chorus, The Weeknd laments, “I should’ve known not to let you go.” Only two minutes in, the song starts to fade away, ending too soon.
“Final Lullaby” pings in gently, growing into a sweet and dreamy song. It’s sad though, The Weeknd saying, “I can’t make you stay in this broken place.” Instead, he’ll “put us to sleep,” ending what they once had for good. Like the track before it, “Final Lullaby” cuts off suddenly, ending before we’re ready to say goodbye.
Hear all three new After Hours bonus tracks below:
You can hear these three new songs and more on deluxe editions of The Weeknd’s new album, After Hours. Stream or buy the album from all the major music providers here.
The Weeknd In 2020
The Weeknd plans to embark on a huge After Hours tour this summer. He’ll kick off the North American leg with back-to-back dates in Vancouver, Canada on June 11th and 12th. He’ll cross and re-cross the US and Canada for three months before finishing on New York City on September 3rd. Then he’ll go to Europe, starting with THREE dates in London beginning October 11th, and ending with two dates in Paris on November 12th and 13th. It’s an extensive tour and you won’t want to miss it. Find all dates and get tickets now while you still can!
The three After Hours bonus tracks are a sweet surprise! Enjoy “Nothing Compares,” “Missed You,” and “Final Lullaby,” and let us know what you think! Which song is your favorite? How do you think they fit on the album? Chime off in the comment section below.
Be sure to hear the full After Hours album, and maybe read our review while you’re at it! Keep checking back here for all the latest music news on The Weeknd.