“What does it mean when your heart's already numb/You're professional”
Kiss Land is a worthy follow up to The Weeknd’s trilogy of mixtapes because it explores their themes in a new context. Drugs and their side effects, parties and their attendants loom just as large as ever, but these themes have been complicated by Abel Tesfaye’s success. When he asks “So you’re somebody now, but what’s a somebody in a nobody town,” it’s a question directed at a stripper, but it could also apply to Abel himself. If you couldn’t tell by the Japanese pornography inspired visuals or the album cover that finds Abel in a hotel room abroad, Kiss Land is an R&B star’s take on Lost In Translation.