The Weeknd Is Still the King of Tragic Sex Pop
And the hair is still top notch.
The Weeknd is the voice of The Everyman, bespeaking experiences to which we can all relate. This is illustrated beautifully in his atmospheric new video, “The Hills”—who hasn’t wrecked a vintage Lincoln Continental in Beverly Hills then walked away under the rising sun with a meticulous male updo? If you haven’t: get thee to Los Angeles, and quick! The song itself is classic Weeknd: sultry falsetto, pounding bass, skittering high-hat, and heavily sexual—but refreshingly sensitive—lyrics. (See: “You don’t have to do it at my tempo.”) Lauren Conrad makes no cameo, but the video’s glitzy-trashy aesthetic is tribute enough.