- Summary: The second studio album for the hip-hop artist features guest appearances from Andre 3000, Birdman, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Nicki Manah, Rick Ross, Rihanna, and The Weeknd.
- Record Label: Cash Money Records
- Genre(s): Pop, Rap, R&B, Pop/Rock, Contemporary R&B, Pop-Rap
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Dec 10, 2011This album is incredible, the sorrow, heart, and energy that is put in this album gives it a classic, and in a few years he will surpass LilThis album is incredible, the sorrow, heart, and energy that is put in this album gives it a classic, and in a few years he will surpass Lil Wayne. His first was good, not great, it showed to much commercialism; which is why it was weaker. This album has a complete change, embracing fame (Headlines and The Motto), but in some songs regretting it (Marvins Room and The Ride.) Track Ratings: Over My Dead Body 10/10, Shot For Me 9/10, Headlines 8.7/10, Crew Love (The Weeknd) 9.2/10, Take Care (Rihanna) 7.9/10, Marvins Room 10/10, Buried Alive Interlude 8/10, Underground Kings 8.5/10, We'll Be Fine (Birdman) 8.5/10, Make Me Proud 9.4/10, Lord Knows 9.8/10, Cameras/Good Ones Go Interlude 8/10, Doing it Wrong 9/10, The Real Her (Lil Wayne & Andre 3000) 9.7/10 HYFR 8.2/10, Look What You've Done, 8.9/10, Practice 8.8/10, The Ride 9.5/10, The Motto 8/10, Hate Sleeping Alone 9.6/10… Expand
Nov 18, 2011This album made me like Drake even more. I like the fact that he incorporates different types of musical styles into his songs. He's not a badThis album made me like Drake even more. I like the fact that he incorporates different types of musical styles into his songs. He's not a bad singer so his technique is working in his favour. Each song creates a different atmosphere. I especially like his take on Juvenile's "Back That A** Up" (Practice). It's brilliant. As for the lyrical themes with the exception of growing into wealth, I can relate to it. Which makes this album perfect.… Expand
Nov 15, 2011This album will be a classic, Drake created his own style of rap/hiphop. On his first album, the influence of 'Cash Money' producers was clearThis album will be a classic, Drake created his own style of rap/hiphop. On his first album, the influence of 'Cash Money' producers was clear in some songs (Miss Me, Fancy). Even though that was a good album, it wasn't a great one. This album on the other hand, is great. The influence of James Blake is very clear in this album, leading to some revolutionary songs with revolutionary beats (to give an example, Crew Love). The Jamie xx produced Take Care has a beautiful build-up, and reminds me of "Weak become heroes" by The Streets (aka Mike Skinner). Instead of chosing for industry-leading guest stars, he has chosen guest artists whose voice/rap skills fit the song perfectly (except for Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, but they need to be on it for obvious reasons). Just like he gives Rihanna a surprising vocal role in Take Care; not the powerful Rihanna you'd expect, but an almost timid Rihanna. It's very obvious that he was left with creative control this time. I'm willing to bet he's going to receive a grammy for this one.
"Take Care", "Marvin's Room", "Crew Love", "Lord Knows" are instant classics.… Expand
Mar 17, 2012I feel this album was very brilliantly organized and written. You can tell that Drake was working his way through his talent with his albumsI feel this album was very brilliantly organized and written. You can tell that Drake was working his way through his talent with his albums and mixtapes. With Thank Me Later, he was all about gettin' to the top. But now with this album, i feel like it's more like his 'settling down' album. The thing i love about Drake, is his ability to express is sensitivity. With his lyrics, he expresses his personal problems in a very ear-pleasing way where the songs come in a variety. For example, Over My Dead Body was mostly about his last few years or so and how life changing it's been. Also, Marvin's Room is about how lady problems, and how his fame has affected the way the people he love, loves him. I guess we can never judge an album entirely, because he don't know what the lyrics mean to this artist. It's THEIR song, not ours. Overall, I LOVED what he did with this album and have it on replay forsure.… Expand
Aug 3, 2013I look at these reviews, and I do not understand where this hatred is coming from. How is it that on this website, obvious troll reviews whereI look at these reviews, and I do not understand where this hatred is coming from. How is it that on this website, obvious troll reviews where the user even says they didn't listen to the album still are counted? Anyways, on to the album. I really enjoyed the sound Drake has achieved and mastered with his producer "40." The haunting intro "Over My Dead Body," is probably one of my favorite album intros of all time, the piano, the female vocals, Drake's casual flow, it all works fantastically. The next few tracks provide more excellence, Drake showcases his ability to lay down bars on "Headlines," "Underground Kings," and "Lord Knows," and make soft emotional tracks such as "Shot For Me," "Crew Love," and Marvin's Room."
Lyrically Drake isn't the astounding, but he manages to still be entertaining in his own right. He certainly was not the strongest rapper on his album, both Kendrick Lamar and Andre 3000 make appearances that have them dropping some fantastic verses, especially Kendrick who's verse might be one of the best of his career. I think that the true standout is the sound that Drake and his producers have crafted together, the clear influence from Kanye's 808s is very evident, but the production certainly doesn't mimic that style. The muted bass, the transitions, the more bombastic tracks, it all works and flows together really well. This album is incredibly cohesive, especially for a mainstream rap album. In some ways it reminds me of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III.
The album certainly has its weaknesses though. For starters, it is a bit too long, at 18 tracks. At 90 minutes long it is a bit too much for my taste, and I feel like there are filler tracks for sure that could have been cut. Interestingly, the title track, "Take Care," is probably my least favorite track on the whole album. The whole thing sounds like some cheesy teenager love story, and I feel like Drake is much smarter than he portrays himself on that track. I wonder then what he was thinking when he named this track after the album (because I certainly doubt he derived his album name from this track). His track with Nicki Minaj, "Make Me Proud," is also a bit lacking. Nicki deliver's some cringe worthy bars, "I'm a star...sheriff badge." And although I don't dislike Drake's hook, I can see it getting old real fast.
One of the most underrated tracks on the album, I feel, is "Cameras/Good Ones Go Interlude." Its this sort of brooding dark track that builds up with this extremely noticeable bass. Drake croons sort of off-key, it is sort of like some sort of homage to the pain he goes through with fame and women. Then all of a sudden it switches to this interlude, with these sort of cloudy lighter synths and bass with Drake singing in a higher tone. It is basically an antithesis to the previous song that played, and might be my favorite part on the album.… Expand
Oct 25, 2012Drake is one of the best rappers out there, we know that. And yes, he assures us that on 'Take Care' a couple of times. But for the biggerDrake is one of the best rappers out there, we know that. And yes, he assures us that on 'Take Care' a couple of times. But for the bigger part his sophomore album is R&B. A very good comparison would be Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange', released some months later. Sometimes he's off-beat which means minus 1 point, all in all the lyrics are not that expressive as I expected them to be which means minus 1 point again and till the end the individual songs are more and more similar to one another which means minus another point. Equals 7 points out of ten for an album that could've been much better, but still brings us really good songs. I really enjoyed the CD, but still it's only a 'good', nothing more.… Expand
Apr 20, 2015Most overrated album of all-time. It's not even rap, he makes pop and r&b music. Plus, all he does is cry and whine over his ex, he doesn'tMost overrated album of all-time. It's not even rap, he makes pop and r&b music. Plus, all he does is cry and whine over his ex, he doesn't talk about anything interesting, his lyrics are very simple, he can't even tell a story.… Expand
Published: November 30, 2011This month's best new albums include the latest from Kate Bush and Drake, the debut from Sepalcure, and more. Get the full list inside, where you can find out more about each LP, listen to a track from each one, and get links to stream the full albums at Spotify.
Published: November 29, 2011Between now and January, we'll be collecting top 10 lists published by major music critics, publications, and websites, and tallying their cumulative picks to determine the best albums of 2011. Check back here daily to get an updated scorecard.
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|The Fade in Time - Sam Lee|
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|Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett|
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