Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Sep 30, 2013
    In the end, what really matters is that the superior Nothing Was The Same brings back the excitement of So Far Gone.
  2. Sep 27, 2013
    None of [the guest vocals] disrupt Drake’s effortless triumph over mainstream rap excess.
  3. 90
    Nothing Was the Same wrestles Drake’s successes with his ever-lingering insecurities, and like some of the best music, we can see ourselves in these songs. It’s an exhilarating change of pace for the genre.
  4. Nothing Was The Same is the best Drake album yet.
  5. Sep 24, 2013
    Nothing Was the Same is ugly, yes, but cathartic.
  6. Sep 24, 2013
    If Nothing Was The Same doesn’t resonate quite as consistently as Take Care, it’s because Drake and his in-house collaborator Noah “40” Shebib sometimes seem content to revisit that album’s sonic landscapes instead of carving out new ones.
  7. 85
    Nothing Was the Same is different because Drake has stopped worrying so much about who he’s become and figured out who he is.
  8. 100
    This lush, un-hurried album reveals a surer character, rebuking other rappers who talk smack "just to get a reaction" and even relatives diminished by easy money and proximity to fame.
  9. Sep 23, 2013
    Drake’s increasing mastery of not just rhyme, but tone and inflection is readily apparent.
  10. Sep 23, 2013
    Nothing Was the Same is Drake and 40's most audacious experiment yet in how far inward they can push their sound; a lot of the album sounds like a black hole of all 40's previous productions being sucked into the center. Song-to-song transitions, which have always been melty and blurry, are more notional than ever.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 243 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 68
  2. Negative: 10 out of 68
  1. Sep 24, 2013
    Not only Drakes best album, but one of the best in the genre for years. Every song is masterfully put together, showcasing both the talents of Drake and 40. Thankfully and ironically when you consider the title, a lot is the same in terms of Drizzy's ability to create material as fantastic as this. Another home run. Full Review »
  2. Sep 27, 2013
    People on here claiming that if you don't like Drake, you don't know music are the prime example of why the music industry f*cking sucks and has since '95.
    This album was terrible, i even gave it a chance (I haven't listened to rap in years)
    You cannot tell this is a "Classic" album, it doesn't take more than one guy to make beats and talk fast over them.
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  3. Sep 25, 2013
    Too much autotune and singing. Album is average at best, drake will never reach Kendrick's level. It's a disgrace to call this rap, its too soft. Go back to your wheelchair and try again Full Review »