If anything the lyrics have been dumbed down since HOB. The lyrics on Thursday and EOS are way less subliminal.
the weekend is the dream with singing lessons :/ imo.
I fee like everyone who pumps this dude up like he is special has never listened to a dream album(which is probably true). Dream fathered that style. 1977 goes hard. That said, the weeknd is consistently putting out some good music. EoS is solid.
I understand your point, but what i think is more important about the weeknd than the arguable musical innovation is his style, or rather the feeling you get when listening to his music. weeknds music creates a completely different feeling than the dreams, atleast for me.
And that kinda feel weeknds music got is what makes him ''unique'' or ''innovative'' to me. (hence this is only my opinion. so not generally speaking)