Despite not being all that impressed by the first movie, I’m pretty excited to watch the upcoming blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water. Maybe my excitement at seeing a big-budget sci-fi epic that isn’t superhero related has overwhelmed my common sense, but I’ll be willing to give James Cameron the benefit of the doubt as long as he continues to make movies. Naturally, a film of this size demands a big pop song, and the Weeknd has finally delivered his long-teased track “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength).”
For the new single, Abel Tesfaye reunites with Swedish House Mafia, with whom he collaborated on songs from his 2022 album, Dawn FM, as well as “A Moth To A Flame,“ from their own debut full-length. The song pushes an epic scope that feels a bit forced; I obviously haven’t seen the movie yet, but the lyrics to me suggest that it’s one of those pop songs that sings out the emotional plot of the movie it’s tied to. Listen above.
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