The Weeknd | Enemy

The Weeknd posted a new track, “Enemy”, on YouTube. It’s another sexy R&B-laced cut, but what gives this one a little twist is the borrowed lyric from The Smiths’, “Please, Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”, the b-side to 1984’s “William, It Was Really Nothing.” In a way, it’s that kind of thing that shows what makes The Weeknd so different from other R&B-based singer-songwriters. There’s a crossover into styles of music that includes the appreciation of perhaps the greatest band to ever play music, next to The Beatles. No word yet on what Mr. Moz thinks about this usage, but my guess is he’s completely oblivious, and will simply ignore it when he hears of it. The Smiths song is a melancholy number holding out hope amid despair, based on Johnny Marr’s memories of hearing Del Shannon’s 1962 “The Answer To Everything”. But The Weeknd has other things in mind, namely losing himself inside a woman, literally. He’s tailored the phrase, “Let me please, please, please get what I want this time” to fit his desire. This song arrives in time to push his upcoming release, “The Trilogy”, out November 13. Sorry folks, but this song won’t be in the collection. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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