XO / The Host (Album Version (Edited))
Label: Universal Republic Records
Trilogy, which compiles Canadian artist The Weeknd's three 2011 EPs, reveals the enormity of his achievement: three nine-song suites and three new cuts ("Twenty Eight," "Valerie" and "Till Dawn (Here Comes the Sun)") totaling over two and a half hours. He and producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo nestle references like Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Happy House" ("House of Balloons") and Michael Jackson's pleading voice ("D.D.," a cover of MJ's "Dirty Diana") into erotically charged bedroom R&B inflated to gothic extremes. It's a world driven by animalistic lust and desires.