Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 91
    The singing and melodies are massaged with a care unheard in the prior Drake discography; this album flows as improbably as The Life of Pablo, with more assured lyrics and smoother sequencing, to offset the lack of a certifiable genius at the helm.
  2. Mar 20, 2017
    90
    Though Drake’s globetrotting is seeping into American pop (hi, Katy) More Life still stands apart. Its closest recent antecedent is probably Drake’s own Take Care, itself a kaleidoscopic masterpiece that pulled horizontally and vertically from across music.
  3. Mar 24, 2017
    84
    Other than the Yeezy collab “Glow” being a bit lackluster, primarily for being slow and sonically off-putting, More Life has very few stumbles and a plethora of exciting moments that will ensure this project’s shelf life.
  4. Mar 24, 2017
    83
    Drake’s consistent use of global beats and international artists carry the bulk of the weight throughout More Life. Elements of grime and British street culture, along with trap, Caribbean dancehall and Afrobeat give a warmth and freshness that keeps the mood brisk.
  5. Mar 24, 2017
    83
    More Life is light, often weightless. Despite its playlist tag, it is unmistakably a Drake album--it even has a Blueprint highball closer like each of its predecessors--and as an album, it is probably Drake’s worst. But as a collection of totally atomized songs and ideas, it’s up there with anything he’s released.
  6. Mar 29, 2017
    80
    Thankfully, More Life is Drizzy’s homecoming, a vocalization of the heart in his heartless world, and a veritable return to form for it. Welcome back to the Firm.
  7. Mar 28, 2017
    80
    While fans and critics argue over whether or not he’s one of the greatest MCs of his generation, let alone among the greatest of all-time, Drake continues to prove his worth as an elite talent with More Life, another blockbuster from rap’s golden child with the midas touch.
  8. Mar 23, 2017
    80
    This is the strongest project Drake since 2013’s ‘Nothing Was The Same’, and one that owes itself to sounds across the globe.
  9. Mar 22, 2017
    80
    More Life is his finest longform collection in years, cheerfully indulgent at 22 tracks and 82 minutes, a masterful tour of all the grooves in his head, from U.K. grime ("No Long Talk") to Caribbean dancehall ("Blem") to South African house ("Get It Together") to Earth, Wind & Fire ("Glow"). Yet the more expansive he gets, the more himself he sounds--and the further he roams around the globe, the deeper he taps into the heart of Drakeness.
  10. 80
    Pleasingly, two of the best [guests] are British, Sampha capping “4422” with an emotive outburst, and Skepta getting an entire “Skepta Interlude” to himself to muse about how he “died and came back as Fela Kuti”. Elsewhere, the likes of Giggs, Young Thug and 2 Chainz add furtive but menacing sketches of thug life to tracks like “No Long Talk” and “Sacrifices”, the latter offering Drake’s most elegant mea culpa for past transgressions.
  11. Mar 21, 2017
    80
    Lyrically, Drake embraces some of his pet topics on More Life. ... Yet Drake is also flashing signs of emotional growth--glimmers he might feel more confident displaying on a happily jumbled playlist than working into a cohesive album-length statement with its own internal logic.
  12. Mar 21, 2017
    80
    Excluding its minor gaffes, More Life cements a place for genres long-overlooked by mainstream media; dancehall, grime, Afrobeat, house, trap and, of course, rap, and takes Toronto on a world tour to celebrate life--More life.
  13. Mar 21, 2017
    80
    He allows the various sounds, guest features and flavours of the production, which he and his crew adopted from all over the world, to steal the show.
  14. Mar 20, 2017
    80
    Terminology aside, it’s a sprawling, star-studded release, and an impressive achievement--one that signals a new level of ambition for Drake.
  15. Mar 20, 2017
    80
    Even if the album lacks the humor of the Views songs 9 or Childs Play--no line here bests “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake / You know I love to go there”--the breadth of styles recalls his 2012-2015 Soundcloud that found space for both Fetty Wap and James Blake remixes.
  16. Mar 20, 2017
    80
    A nuanced collection of 22 new songs that recall various stages of Drake’s own development, as well as a tour of other styles and artists that he’s partial to. It is both craven and elegant.
  17. Mar 22, 2017
    78
    The more voices he lets into the frame, the fuller and richer the results, and More Life bursts with energy and lush sounds--more guests, more genres, more producers, more life. It is as confident, relaxed, and appealing as he’s sounded in a couple of years.
  18. Apr 5, 2017
    70
    The variety makes for a better listen, to say nothing of the care taken into sequencing the playlist. ... The filler is merely soporific.
  19. Mar 29, 2017
    70
    Ultimately, More Life does a terrific job creating a mood with its dancehall-flecked, atmospheric production (handled most impressively by the likes of Nineteen85 and Frank Dukes), and it certainly points to a fascinating fork in the road moment for the world’s biggest rapper.
  20. Mar 28, 2017
    70
    None of these songs are terrible, but with the exception of Mr. West none of them are a creative force to be reckoned with on Mr. Graham's level.
  21. Mar 22, 2017
    70
    Beneath their gilded surface, everything here has been explored numerous times by the man himself before, far more memorably.
  22. 67
    Though More Life has its faults, Drake clearly worked hard on it. If the first thing you notice about More Life is its monolithic runtime, the second is how obvious it is that Drizzy is doing his damnedest to get your cosign.
  23. Mar 20, 2017
    64
    It all stacks up as an agreeable (not wonderful, definitely not boring) assortment of thumpers.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 384 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 384
  1. Mar 20, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. "More life" the most diverse project, was a good playlist but at the same time it wasn't for many. More life gives us a more vocal Drake, where he gets personal in songs like "Lose you", "Can't have everything", and "Do not Disturb". Drake gave us more tropical, island type vibes throughout the playlist.
    It's (in my opinion) the most interesting work Drake ever did. He gave us a playlist we can relate to and gave us the (old) Drake that we knew from "Best I've ever had" to "Take Care". Hopefully Drake gives us a better mixtape, album, or playlist in 2018.
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  2. Mar 21, 2017
    7
    "More Life" isn't great. It's not timeless, and it's certainly not "the best thing he's released in the past 4 years" ("If You're Reading This"More Life" isn't great. It's not timeless, and it's certainly not "the best thing he's released in the past 4 years" ("If You're Reading This It's Too Late" still exists). Simply put, More Life is a solid project, one that shows a Drake who outgrew the flaws of his "VIEWS"-days. On "More Life", Drake's attempts to imitate/borrow from Jamaican dancehall and afro-house music show nuance and skill, while his attempts to do the same with UK grime are only hindered by an out-of-place Giggs feature. Drake as a rapper returns with an "If You're Reading This It's Too Late"-esque urgency; he sounds truly confident on "Free Smoke" and "Lose You", all while managing to drop a poignant observation about his status and level of success. His flow sounds rigid at times—the raw braggadocio of "Gyalchester" is only dulled by a rigidly 'in pocket' flow, while his delivery could use a shot of adrenaline on tracks such as "Sacrifices". The writing on "More Life", thank the lord, does not even bare a distant resemblance to the writing on "VIEWS". The "you toyin' with it like happy meals" struggle bars were sent for an eternal lap around the track of shame, never to be used again. It's not a great project; the length is a little much, and Drake needs an accent coach if he plans to make some of these musical ventures believable, but it's a solid return to form for the 6God himself. Full Review »
  3. Mar 21, 2017
    0
    Here, Drake experiments with sounds from around the world without changing his lyrical themes or vocals. The result is eclectic but notHere, Drake experiments with sounds from around the world without changing his lyrical themes or vocals. The result is eclectic but not actually very good. It's like he re-skinned tracks that he wrote over the past few years for various other projects but withwith some British style/dancehall vibes/EDM production without changing the core of the music.

    It's listenable. If you love Drake, it's a wonderful way to experience other styles, and it's very well stitched together from an aural perspective - it deserves the "playlist album" moniker. However, it's hardly groundbreaking either as part of Drake's oeuvre or as new music from the various scenes he borrows from.

    Best tracks;

    No Long Talk feat. Giggs: good verses from Drake and UK rapper Giggs, aping the best grime out of the UK.

    Teenage Fever: classic Drake pop rap, nothing new and exciting, but well-executed.
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