Thursday (album)

Thursday is the second mixtape by Canadian singer the Weeknd. It was originally released on August 18, 2011, by XO.

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Mixtape by
ReleasedAugust 18, 2011 (2011-08-18)
GenreAlternative R&B
The Weeknd chronology
House of Balloons
Echoes of Silence
Singles from Thursday
  1. "The Zone"
    Released: November 16, 2012

Like his debut mixtape House of Balloons (2011), the Weeknd collaborated with producers and songwriters Doc McKinney and Illangelo; the duo produced Thursday in its entirety, and it contains fewer samples than its predecessor.[1] Recorded in Toronto, the mixtape is also notable for its guest appearance from Canadian rapper, Drake.

Thursday has an unconventional and diverse musical style, drawing on downtempo, dubstep, dream pop, hip hop, rock, and reggae music. It contains similar themes to his previous works, exploring the Weeknd's drug use, libertinism, and experiences with love and newfound fame.[2] He titled the mixtape as a reference to a contentious open relationship he had with a former lover.[3]

Thursday received generally positive reviews from critics, who drew comparisons to House of Balloons. It was later commercially released as part of the compilation album Trilogy (2012), and included the single "The Zone" with Drake.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [6]
The A.V. ClubB[7]
Consequence of Sound     [8]
Q     [12]
Resident Advisor4.0/5[13]
Rolling Stone     [14]
Slant Magazine     [15]

Thursday received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the mixtape received an average score of 80, based on 17 reviews.[5] Evan Rytlewski of The A.V. Club said, "It's a rare songwriter who can craft music that's so repellent yet also so irresistible."[7] Winston Robbins of Consequence of Sound said, "Despite the ridiculously high highs of this album, it fails to maintain a great pace throughout. It struggles back and forth between "good" and "great," whereas its foregoer grabbed "great" by the balls on the first track and never let go."[8] Benjamin Boles of Now said, "It's not quite perfect: his voice is the star of the show but is occasionally buried under the clever beats and production. But that's a small complaint about someone who's looking more and more like one of the most exciting artists to emerge this year."[10] Q magazine stated, "Toronto outfit, The Weeknd, has been hailed as one of the most exciting new sounds in modern R&B -- hype that, on the basis of this equally startling follow-up, seems entirely justified."[12] Brandon Soderberg of Pitchfork said, "Though there's less breathing space on Thursday, and fewer melodic hooks, it still feels of a piece with House of Balloons."[11]

BBC Music's Mike Diver made a positive review, saying, "File him beside Frank Ocean as an R&B star set to climb to new heights in 2012."[16] Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine wrote, "The Weeknd is in full command of his craft, and at this point it's almost impossible for me to imagine that he won't deliver on the finale. He's earned my trust, as would any other artist who had already released two of the year's best albums."[15] Tyler Fisher of Sputnikmusic said, "Listening to something like Thursday is the ultimate form of escapism that so many of us flock to music for. That's a quality that should be celebrated, not criticized for its lack of immediate pleasure."[17] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone gave a mixed review, commenting, "While it's refreshing to hear an R&B singer emphasizing the psychic toll of libertinism, his angst sex grows tiresome. Once in a while, can't this dude just get laid, and have fun doing it?"[14]

Track listingEdit

All tracks produced by Doc McKinney and Illangelo.

1."Lonely Star"5:49
2."Life of the Party"4:57
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
4."The Zone" (featuring Drake)
5."The Birds, Pt. 1"
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
6."The Birds, Pt. 2"
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
8."Rolling Stone"
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
9."Heaven or Las Vegas"
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese
2012 reissue bonus track
  • Tesfaye
  • McKinney
  • Montagnese

Sample credits

  • "Life of the Party" contains elements of "Drugs in My Body", performed by Thieves Like Us.
  • "The Birds Part 2" contains elements of "Sandpaper Kisses", performed by Martina Topley-Bird.


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  2. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (September 4, 2013). "Interview: Illangelo Talks About "History of Man," Working with The Weeknd & Elijah Blake". Complex. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
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  5. ^ a b "Reviews for Thursday by The Weeknd". Metacritic. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Thursday – The Weeknd". AllMusic. Archived from the original on May 5, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
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  8. ^ a b Robbins, Winston (August 22, 2011). "Album Review: The Weeknd – Thursday". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Gunn, Tam (August 30, 2011). "The Weeknd: Thursday". Fact. Archived from the original on January 23, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Boles, Benjamin (August 25, 2011). "The Weeknd – Thursday". Now. Archived from the original on August 25, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Soderberg, Brandon (August 25, 2011). "The Weeknd: Thursday". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on June 23, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  12. ^ a b "The Weeknd: Thursday". Q (304): 138. November 2011.
  13. ^ Ryce, Andrew (August 31, 2011). "The Weeknd – Thursday". Resident Advisor. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Rosen, Jody (August 30, 2011). "Thursday". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  15. ^ a b Cole, Matthew (August 31, 2011). "The Weeknd: Thursday". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  16. ^ Diver, Mike. "Review of The Weeknd – Thursday". BBC Music. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  17. ^ Fisher, Tyler (August 25, 2011). "The Weeknd – Thursday". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved June 14, 2014.