The most intriguing part of the Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness tracklist is “Prisoner,” the duet with Lana Del Rey. They make a head-slappingly obvious pairing for reasons already expressed by Tom: “The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey both sing slow, sad, narcotically tinged songs about the toll of the party lifestyle, and both of them somehow make that work in a pop context.” That duet has made its way online, and yeah, these two are a perfect fit. “Prisoner” feels like an old Weeknd mixtape track, but with touches of Del Rey’s doomed noir glamor. You can listen to the track over on Tumblr.
Beauty Behind The Madness is out next Friday, 8/28, on XO/Republic.