“Dawn FM” by The Weeknd offers a unique and pleasant listening journey

Dawn FM showcases The Weeknd’s talent and creativity; I predict it will be a memorable album when we look back at 2022 in the future


Dawn FM includes two features, one being Tyler, the Creator and the other being Lil Wayne.

Abel Tesfaye, professionally known as The Weeknd, dropped his latest LP titled Dawn FM on Jan. 7, 2022.

This is The Weeknd’s 5th studio album. It was released following the fan favorite 2020 album titled After Hours which landed him a gig for the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2021. 

This album is close to the same vibe as After Hours — they’re both a mix of modern RnB and an 80s pop aesthetic.

The Weeknd has a very modern RnB sound to his voice, and the production of this album has some 80s electronic pop mixed in.

The album as a whole is a very pleasant and cohesive listening experience; it takes listeners through 16 songs that collectively make you feel like you have a vintage 80s radio station turned up. There are a few songs that weren’t as good as I was expecting but most of the songs on Dawn FM exceeded my expectations. The whole album grew on me after listening to it a couple times.

Comedian Jim Carrey makes an appearance as the “radio station host” throughout the album. Quincey Jones is also featured on the album with his own track titled “A Tale By Quincey” acting as an interlude.

The lead single “Take My Breath” was released on Aug. 6, 2021, a few months before his song with Post Malone “One Right Now.” When this song was released I thought it was a mediocre song of Abel’s, but it grew on me once the whole album came out. Until I heard the album, I thought “One Right Now” would be a better lead single for an album. It had the Post Malone feature, and it was just a really catchy song overall. But once Dawn FM was released I realized that “Take My Breath” was one of the best songs on the album — it was a lot stronger as part of the album than it was as a single. This song had strong vocals and the production quality was incredible.

In my opinion, the best song on the album was “Less than Zero”. After the album was hyped up so much, I was less impressed during my first listen. But I loved “Less than Zero” when I first listened to the album. Even though a few songs have grown on me more and more, this has remained my favorite song on the album. Lyrically, this is one of The Weeknd’s most impactful releases.

“Here We Go… Again” (feat. Tyler, the Creator) is the song that has grown on me the most. I was initially disappointed that this song wasn’t the stand out song of the album. Tyler, the Creator is one of my favorite artists and when the song came out I was disappointed that his verse wasn’t the strongest. I grew to love The Weeknd’s great vocal performance on this song even though the feature wasn’t the best. 

Finally, in “Don’t Break My Heart”, just like in “Here We Go… Again”, The Weeknd gives a great vocal performance. The production of this song reminds me most of “Blinding Lights” and is most similar to a few other songs from After Hours. This is a great song and I would rank it as my second favorite on this album. It’s a groovy and catchy tune and a lyrical masterpiece.

Jim Carrey concludes the album with his own track titled “Phantom Regret by Jim”. Both Carrey’s and Quincey Jones’ tracks add a nice touch to the album.

This album is a sequel to After Hours and Abel said that another album will be released to complete the trilogy. It shows Abel’s lyrical talent and creativity.

I’m excited to see what The Weeknd does with the third album in this “trilogy” of After Hours, Dawn FM, and whatever album is next to come.

My rating for Dawn FM by The Weeknd is a strong 8.8/10. I recommend this album and all of The Weeknd’s music if you’re into 80s pop and RnB mixes. His unique style is loved by many.