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  • 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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    91
    His follow-up album is plenty downbeat, but it's also gorgeous, an immersive headphone masterwork that's tender and intimate like little else in contemporary rap and R&B.
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    90
    On Take Care, Drake finally shows he's got the talent to match the hype.
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    80
    The only time the almost 80-minute Take Care doesn't work is when it indulges something resembling conventional hip-hop.
  4. 80
    Over the course of some 18 months, Drake has become quite a novice in the genre, well on his way to mastering new and exciting ground.
  5. 80
    Considering Take Care is an affecting masterpiece easily on par with his debut, there could be no greater accolade for the genius of this man.
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    70
    As a series of a mood pieces detailing the luxury lifestyle of hip-hop's one-percenters, Take Care is fairly captivating. As a portrait of the artist at the top of the mountain, however, it's pretty frustrating.
  7. Nov 17, 2011
    20
    Former child actor Aubrey Graham's much-vaunted sensitivity and introspection is more hollow than ever on his second album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 94
  2. Negative: 10 out of 94
  1. Jan 8, 2012
    10
    Great sophomore effort. Drake brings in big guests for this album, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Rick Ross andGreat sophomore effort. Drake brings in big guests for this album, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar. It's amazing how he picked guests which are perfect for him to collaborate with, expecially The Weeknd and Rihanna. I liked this album because it had substance behind it instead of doing what his mentor Lil Wayne does, talks stupid. A few teary moments in this album, the tracks Doing It Wrong and Look What You've Done with a personal phone call from one of his elders. The only fault I had was the amount of tracks on the album, it could've been easily chopped down expecially the Marvins Room track, I got sick of the amount of times his drunk-dial woman was talking down the phone. Stand out moments, Kendrick Lamar on the interlude Buried Alive and Andre 3000 on The Real Her. One of the best albums of 2011. OVOXO Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    This album is great. Better than expected. Drake is so unique and diverse and those are two things we need more of in the music world. DrakeThis album is great. Better than expected. Drake is so unique and diverse and those are two things we need more of in the music world. Drake has his own distinct sound that no one has ever heard before. I love the fact that you can feel his emotions through his music. People may say that hes too sensitive and hes not real but not everybody wants to hear about money,drugs,clubbing, and sex all the time that's not what life is all about. People want to hear something real something they can relate to and I can surely relate to the songs on this album. Drake has done so well with Take Care. The tracks are melodic,rhythmic,lyrical.. Great 5 stars. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    This 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.
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  4. Jul 13, 2012
    9
    This Album From Hip Hop prince, Drake is Different. Different in a way where he experiences with euphoric beats and deep meaning in rappingThis Album From Hip Hop prince, Drake is Different. Different in a way where he experiences with euphoric beats and deep meaning in rapping lyrical style. He puts together airy songs of hip hop and R&B together so perfectly that i could listen to the album forever Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2015
    8
    My favorite Drake release to date, this is a huge improvement on his debut Thank Me Later (which was still a good album). His songs are moreMy favorite Drake release to date, this is a huge improvement on his debut Thank Me Later (which was still a good album). His songs are more "real" (more heartfelt and emotional), and the album as a whole is more cohesive than TML. Awesome album Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2015
    7
    An improvement over his debut, Thank Me Later. Drake has more hip hop tracks on here that show his talent lyrically and as a rapper overAn improvement over his debut, Thank Me Later. Drake has more hip hop tracks on here that show his talent lyrically and as a rapper over fantastic beats over the likes of 40 and Boi-1da, whereas Thank Me Later had more slow R&B songs that didn't show Drake's talent fully. This album still has some of those songs, but overall it is an improvement. This album earns a B. Highlights: "Headlines", "Crew Love", "The Motto", "HYFR". Worst song: "The Ride" Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2011
    0
    I wanted to write a great review about this album. I Purchased "Thank Me Later" and was not impressed. That is because the album containedI wanted to write a great review about this album. I Purchased "Thank Me Later" and was not impressed. That is because the album contained Drake's version of singing. I'm not going to say that a person that is not really a singer (ie- Lil' Wayne) can't necessarily make a catchy singing track; however, for people to allow Drake to say he is a legitimate singer and to give him high ratings like they don't know what a singer is really concerns me. I believe Drake is very talented as a rapper, but he should leave the singing to someone who can. All that said, even with the "singing" on the album (which even makes Rihanna sound weak), the album has achieved a deep monotone. All of the songs SOUND EXACTLY THE SAME. There is no reason for this with all of the great producers and beat makers out there. I have no problem with music about relationships and heartbreak, but the monotone turns this into mood music. And the 82 positives that he has received on Metacritic so far have to be die hard fans. I think a person who has never heard Drake and listens to this album will surely be disappointed and I sincerely hope that no one paid over $5 for this album. If you did, take it as a life experience and download this kind of crap on a singles basis only. Expand

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