This song finds Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye describing a passionate affair with a woman that he knows is no good for him, but is enjoying too much to lớn stop. His lyrics describing the numbing sensation of being in love are crooned over pop synths courtesy of Swedish pop songwriter Max Martin, who has previously worked with the likes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry & Taylor Swift.

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"I can"t feel my face" is a line from the 2001 movie Blow; Bobcat Goldthwait"s character says it after taking a bump of cocaine.This led lớn rumors that the tuy nhiên is about cocaine, và there is ample evidence lớn back up the theory, as The Weeknd is clearly out of sorts over something that he knows isn"t good for him, but he can"t resist. Musically, the song is rather unpredictable, simulating the erratic feeling the drug induces.
The Weeknd goes through a range of emotions as this tuy nhiên progresses to the chorus. In the verses, he seems to have made peace with this relationship ("And she"ll always get the best of me the worst is yet khổng lồ come"). In the pre-chorus, however, he is drawn back in, as she tells him not khổng lồ worry, that she"s in this with him. Finally, he reaches the agony & the ecstasy of the chorus, where he can"t feel his face.

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Abel Tesfaye debuted the tuy nhiên at Apple"s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech in San Francisco on June 8, 2015. The R&B singer took lớn the stage after it had been announced that táo would be launching a new streaming service, called hãng apple Music, later that month.
This was the 21st Hot 100 #1 with Max Martin on the credits, but the first one recorded by a solo male artist. The previous trăng tròn of the Swedish producer"s chart-toppers had been recorded by either solo female artists or groups.
Entertainment Tonight asked The Weeknd"s model girlfriend, Bella Hadid, if this song is about her. "There"s a lot that goes on his mind, so I don"t know if it"s about me," she replied. "It"s crazy what some people think of."
This was voted the Best tuy vậy of năm ngoái by the Billboard magazine critics. They said: "There are enough hooks in this one single for a dozen chart-toppers, but Abel Tesfaye packed them all into three-and-a-half minutes of sheer ecstasy."The Rolling Stone writers agreed also ranking this as their tuy nhiên of the Year. They said: "Tesfaye"s showstopping vocal performance is what makesit an instant classic. He spends the tuy vậy remaking himself as a pop giant – cleverly disguising his obsession with drugs beneath a metaphor about a dangerously hot fling, và playing down his angst-y tendencies until there"s just a hint of existential pain in his lighter-than-air falsetto. By the time the tuy vậy is over, you"ll bởi vì anything for another hit."
In a năm nhâm thìn interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1, The Weeknd revealed this tune was born out of a sudden burst of creative energy. "It was the fastest tuy nhiên I had written on Beauty Behind the Madness
," he said. "It was one of the last records. It almost didn"t make the record. We wrote that in about maybe 40 minutes, recorded it, & it ended up being one of my biggest records ever."He also spoke about the apprehension he felt releasing an abnormally upbeat single for himself. ""Can"t Feel My Face" definitely made me nervous because it was so separate from what I"m used to putting out," he said. "It was a risk. But doing songs lượt thích "Earned It" and "Love Me Harder" definitely - I think "Love Me Harder" was even more nervous for me, so doing that I was kind of sending a message & kind of easing into "Can"t Feel My Face.""
At the 2021 Super Bowl, The Weeknd did this song at halftime in a vertiginous performance surrounded by dancers in matching red costumes & face coverings, which not only fit the theme of the song but provided protection from COVID during the pandemic.