The Weeknd Softened Up ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ And ‘The Hills’ For Radio 1’s ‘Live Lounge’

So far in The Weeknd’s career, he’s had two modes: gloomy, drugged-out and haunting or hyper, drugged-out and bombastic. But it turns out Abel can get coffee-shop levels of tender, too. He stripped down his two mega-hits off Beauty Behind The Madness during a stop at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

The Weeknd started with a version of “can’t Feel My Face” that’s far more low-key than the fire-starting original, then went into a sparse version of “The Hills” that’s just him and an acoustic guitar.

All things considered, it’s pretty nice — though it doesn’t stop “The Hills” from being one of the grossest Top 10 hits of all time. Watch “The Hills” up top and listen to the whole performance below.

To satisfy your Tesfaye fix, check out our discussion on why The Weeknd is the new Taylor Swift and check out Patrick Stickles (of Titus Andronicus “fame”) covering “The Hills.”

(Via SPIN)