The Weekend: My Dear Melancholy – EP Review

On the 30th of March, The Weekend released his first EP called “My Dear Melancholy” after releasing two number one albums in the past years. Last week his EP entered the Billboard 200 chart at number one. Me personally, I’m not a crazy fan of him, but the entire world is buying and streaming his six new tracks. Therefore, I would like to analyze the lyrics and see what the Canadian R&B singer is singing about. I also heard many rumors that he made his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez a subject of discussion in most of the songs. Let’s see.

Call Out My Name

The first track also the lead single of the EP is a usual The Weekend hit song. For this track he sampled two of his older songs “Earned It” and “The Birds” and one more by another artist. He sings about his past relationship, which he defines as a mistake and a waste of time. He wasn’t the one who wanted to break up, he was still in love with her. It seems like he was left even though he treated her right. “Call out my name when I kiss you so gently. I want you to stay even though you don’t want me. Girl, why can’t you wait ’til I fall out of love?”. Is this song about Selena Gomez? Definitely Yes, especially the line: “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life” indicates this fact. Since Selena had a kidney transplantation and The Weekend wanted to be her donor. It’s a great song with real emotions. Let me call out his name: Abel Tesfaye.

Try Me

Ok, this song is good and bad at the same time. I really liked this song but after paying attention to its lyrics I don’t feel the same anymore. The lyrics are very unconventional. Abel is singing about how he has an affair with probably a married woman or just a woman, who is in a relationship with another man. He challenges her to be prideless and try him. He wants to meet her again to have sex, because he admits that their sex is the best for both. Musically this track didn’t impress me.

Wasted Time

Wow, it gets very intense in “Wasted Time”. After his breakup, The Weekend compares his latest two ex-girlfriends and wonders with who his older ex is with. Now he wants her back. “Wasted times I spent with someone else. She wasn’t even half of you…. I hope you know this dick is still an option”. I’m sorry Abel but your dick is definitely not her only option. I wasted my time while reading the lyrics of this track for sure. Personal lyrics based on his male ego combined with smooth melodies. It wasn’t inspiring for me since I can’t relate to it.

weekend and selena

I Was Never There ft. Gesaffelstein

OMG. With this track, the whole situation gets more intense and emotional. The weekend really feels depressive after his breakup, he even thinks about killing himself. In the chorus, he sings about that it wouldn’t matter and it would be like he was never there for her if he committed suicide.  The beat has some elements which sound like sirens, they warn us about his internal conflict and state. I really like the entire song. Finally, some inspiration.

Hurt You ft. Gesaffelstein

In “Hurt You” The Weekend is probably singing about the same woman as in “Try Me”. This time he warns her that he isn’t looking for relationships anymore, he would only hurt her in a relationship. But he also tells her that he is always interested to have sex with her whenever she calls him. You can again here a siren during the intro, which supports the message of the song that he is warning her. The Weekend sampled again two of his hit songs “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming” for this track. I like his vocals, but I don’t like his wording in some lines. For example:” I’ll come to put myself between your legs” and “But if you call me up, I’m fuckin’ you on sight”. In my eyes, it makes his meaningful lyrics intellectually undemanding. I guess this is just the way he writes his lyrics and it seems like people are liking it.


With this short track, in which he sings every part of the songs just once, the Weekend wrote an adequate closure for “My Dear Melancholy”. He again thinks back to his breakup with Selena Gomez, this time in a positive way. He wishes for them both to move on and to be fine. He explains that he will recover by drinking, fucking the pain away and by taking two red pills to feel better. During the bridge, he also mentions that none took their relationship serious: “They said our love is just a game, I don’t care what they say”. A nice closure for the EP.

My Tops: Call Out My Name, I Was Never There

My Flops: Try Me

I don’t think that the entire EP is about Selena Gomez. Yes, the title “My Dear Melancholy” is probably dedicated to her and also four of the six tracks are most likely about her. But the other two songs are in my opinion about a woman, who is in a relationship with another man. The “Weekend” really wrote some personal lyrics it was like going through his diary. I don’t think that he will again sing about Selena on his next album. I rather think that he closed the chapter with this EP. But I’m wondering if Selena will sing about him in her upcoming new music. Musically, on some tracks, he has impressing vocals and lyrics. But for me all of his songs share some similarities, so you can always tell without any doubt that it’s him playing on the radio.  Maybe this is the fact since he likes to sample his own songs again and again. He worked with the French DJ Gesaffelstein for two tracks on this EP and I liked both and I can imagine that he will work with him again for his upcoming album. What do you think about this EP? Comment your favorite track under my latest Instagram post @erenblogs.


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