“Dawn FM” emulates a radio broadcast with Jim Carrey himself as announcer and the eighties style of the Canadian’s music.
If you are not extremely young, surely you have ever been in your parents’ car or your own with the radio on in the middle of an insufferable traffic jam, and the voice of the announcer followed by a succession of songs were enlivening this moment of overwhelm. Well, this is the main concept of “Dawn FM”, the brand new album by The Weeknd with which he surprises us (and in what way) once again. And it is that probably no one expected in the middle of January, when we are still coming out of the Christmas dates, the Canadian’s fifth album. And even less without prior notice and with most of the tracks unreleased.
Following the trail that has given him success after success, Abel Tesfaye once again bets on an eighties sound full of synthesisers, fluid drums and guitar and bass accompanying his unmistakable voice. In addition to this, the idea of the radio announcement tries to create a common thread theme after theme, avoiding the random playback of Spotify as Adele proposed in her latest album.
As soon as we hit play, The Weeknd leads us towards ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’, a main concept that he maintains in the sixteen cuts of the album, creating a narrative that would take us to purgatory, so to speak. But the voice we hear is not God’s, but Jim Carrey’s with a soothing tone. This introduces us to “Dawn FM, the 103.5 FM station” to enjoy an hour of uninterrupted music.
Perhaps this can become tiresome throughout the album due to some jingle and some interference from Jim between theme and theme if what interests you is only the music, but the treatment of this idea-concept has been as subtle as possible for avoid getting to this point. This also includes the cut “A Tale By Quincy”, where we hear Quincy Jones, producer of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, telling a true story of his life from him over an instrumental track and separating the album into two parts as an interlude.
But let’s go step by step. The first half of the album brings the most groundbreaking songs from it , with a very danceable and disco rhythm , starting with “ Gasoline ” and ending with “ Sacrifice ”, where each of these tracks is a hit in itself. Among these is also the hit “ Take My Breath ”, breaking with the current scheme of ‘pocket’ songs of exaggeratedly short durations and making us enjoy during its 5:40 minutes. “ Sacrifice ” maintains a frenetic rhythm with a looping guitar and its counterpart “ How Do I Make You Love Me? ” does the same with electrifying synthesizers .
The second half of the album is the one that contains the most songs, this time with a slower rhythm and the two collaborations entering the scene. On the one hand we have Tyler, The Creator , who makes his appearance on “ Here We Go… Again ” with a beautiful ballad. On the other hand, Lil Wayne accompanies Abel in “ I Heard You’re Married ”, a song that has raised the theory that the lyrics are for Ariana Grande.
The end point is put by Jim Carrey again playing his role as announcer with “ Phantom Regret by Jim ”. The actor recites a monologue in which he sends us the message that The Weeknd wanted to convey to us with this album. Here the presence of God and purgatory are mentioned again, and how Abel’s past affected his life. ‘You have to be the sky to be able to see the sky. May peace be with you’ .
Without a doubt, The Weeknd has succeeded once again in the entire composition of the album and is positioned as the rival to beat among other international artists. The 51 minutes of “ Dawn FM ” are a delight for any audience, but in case the album fell short, this last week “Dawn FM (Alternate World)” has also been released, an extended version of it that we leave you here below, which includes two remixes: one from Swedish House Mafia to “Sacrifice” and another from Agents Of Time to “Take My Breath”, in addition to the well-known “Moth To A Flame”, a song he released with the Swedish trio a End of the year.