The Weeknd teased fans across the globe by posting cryptic texts earlier in the week hinting that he would possibly drop a project on Friday (March 30). Sources confirmed to Billboard on Thursday that the 28-year-old would indeed be blessing us with new music, while “taking it back to his roots” for the vintage project that is sure to provide quite a bit nostalgia for the day ones.

My Dear Melancholy is full sultry ballads, much like when we were first introduced to Abel Tesfaye at the top the decade. The brooding project clocks in at 21 minutes after six tracks boasting his anguish over ominous production. The lone feature on the body work is from French DJ Gesaffelstein, who may be best known in the hip-hop realm for co-producing “Send It Up” and “Black Skinhead” on Kanye West's Yeezus.

The social media sphere was sent into a frenzy due to the House Balloons artist's antics leading up to the surprise project. Check out the collection the best reactions to My Dear Melancholy's release, which includes everything from hilarious GIFs to emotional tweets from those who empathize with the hurting superstar, and hot takes already pitting the project against The Weeknd's decorated discography. The overall sentiment for the throwback project seems to be a ringing endorsement Abel's latest fering. 

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