Onetime producer for 90s-bubblegum essentials The Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and our beloved Britney, Swede beat-crafter Max Martin just assisted new-generationer The Weeknd on a new, fuzz-pop track.
A sleepless, strobes-slavery cut, “I Can’t Feel My Face” is funky and pulsating. It’s also–in fact– the most upbeat Abel Tesfaye has ever sounded; though, like always—his wifty state is the work of a debilitating heartbreaker (“And I know she’ll be the death of me, at least we’ll both be numb/ And she’ll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come…).
It’s smooth, disco silk wrapped in a swaggering bass riff: the perfect pop segue from Tesfaye’s prior, numbing R&B dismality to lustrous, dancefloor palpitation.
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