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You are no longer onsite at your organization. Please log in. For assistance, contact your corporate administrator. Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. The mixtape was released for free on the Weeknd's website, and was the subject of increased media discussion upon the use of its songs in television, as well as the relative anonymity of the singer.
House of Balloons was entirely recorded in Toronto, with production handled primarily by the Weeknd, Doc McKinney , Illangelo , and Cirkut ; the Weeknd would later collaborate with McKinney and Illangelo on several future releases. Music journalists have noted the mixtape features a minimalist, dark aesthetic with a loose musical structure.
House of Balloons received widespread acclaim, with critics praising the production and dark lyrical content. It was commercially released as part of the compilation album Trilogy and included the singles " Wicked Games " and " Twenty Eight ", the latter of which is a bonus track.
On its tenth anniversary, the original mixtape was released in digital formats, and included samples which failed to gain copyright clearance on Trilogy. The guitar 'riff remains untouched and runs throughout most of the track, giving it a filmy pop feel that periodically peaks with a generous swipe from the "Happy House" chorus". Preceded by a string of low-profile buzz single releases throughout , the mixtape attracted significant interest due to the then-anonymous identity of the individual behind the Weeknd.
In December , Metacritic determined that House of Balloons was the third best-reviewed project of the year. Complex called it the "best album of ;"  Stereogum ranked it number 5;  The Guardian ranked it number 8;  The A.
Neither his songwriting nor subject matter were cavalier, but his overall aesthetic was enticing. It satisfied an unrealized need. It forced listeners to confront the loneliness they feel after realizing partying is the only thing that sustains them.
Like Tesfaye, we hid our faces behind Tumblr photos that showed both a brilliant, snarky sense of humor and a not-so-subtle cry for help. During an interview with Rolling Stone in , the Weeknd said the mixtape "definitely changed the culture.
No one can do a trilogy again without thanking The Weeknd [and] a lot of artists started doing things faster and quicker. Just listen to the radio: every song is House Of Balloons 2. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. First of three mixtapes by the Weeknd. The Dream Machine. Doc McKinney Illangelo. Tesfaye Rose Legrand Scally. New York. Retrieved November 18, Retrieved MTV News.
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