Review: The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face (Pop)

This review covers the pop track The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face.

This track was released in 2015 on the album Beauty Behind the Madness.

This track does start with some ambient elements. Unfortunately, the vocals that go with this portion doesn’t really fit well. The track then transition awkwardly into another portion which seems to feature the chorus. This pretty much hurt the overall quality. The bad part here is the fact that these awkward transitions occur all throughout the track. This means this has absolutely terrible flow. Each section just makes the overall listening experience jarring. Even if every section was great to listen to (it wasn’t), the listening experience would still be wrecked because there was simply no smooth transition from one section to another to be found. It was just section, cut, section, cut, section, cut, etc.

The vocals are OK, but there was nothing really special with them. There’s nothing really groundbreaking that the vocals do. At best, the vocals only have occasional awkward moments in the different sections. There were very few moments in this track where the vocals have any kind of cohesion. In a track, vocals need to have good cohesion with at least a vast majority of the track – something this track simply fails to achieve.

The lyrics are puzzling. In spite of the title, it’s hard to really figure out what this song is really talking about. My best guess is that this track is talking about drug use, but I’m not entirely sure. Either way, that helps make this track unrelatable.

I think the only thing I can hear in this track that was even good was actually the bassline. The bassline can be a bit catchy. Unfortunately, all the other bad elements means I have to dig for anything positive in this track.

Overall, there’s hardly anything to really praise in this track. The bassline was decent, but it was covered up by the really bad flow found in this track. The vocals often clashed with the overall sound. The lyrics are also confusing. So, this track gets a thumbs down from me.


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