Abel Tesfaye is still a mystery to us, despite his omnipotent presence in the hip-hop mainstream. Production duties on Drake tracks made him well-known, and his first two free mixtapes (House of Balloons
) have done a fairly good job of establishing his aural fixations. No one is questioning his R&B oeuvre, the man has already laid down two albums worth of soulful (and often memorable) songs full of gooey emotes, seduction, and dark undertones. Echoes Of Silence
continues along this vein, so much so that we're beginning to wonder, where is it all headed? Dude's still panning like crazy.