Take Care

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
Buy On
  1. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    The result is both silkily seductive and moodily narcissistic.
  2. 58
    What Drake needs is a few more punchlines to brighten up his monochromatic therapy sessions. Surely Canada's excellent healthcare system can underwrite that.
  3. The Wire
    Jan 23, 2012
    50
    He's tightened his flow ever so slightly, but the brutal artlessness of his writing and character remains. [Jan 2012, p.69]
  4. Q Magazine
    Dec 22, 2011
    60
    It's great at times, but far more work than it should be. [Jan 2012, p.127]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 350 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 94
  2. Negative: 10 out of 94
  1. 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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  2. Nov 16, 2011
    10
    Im not a Drake stan in anway, but to deny this album is nothing but brilliant would be idiotic. When was this album ever labelled as purelyIm not a Drake stan in anway, but to deny this album is nothing but brilliant would be idiotic. When was this album ever labelled as purely rap, anyone hating on the RnB elements has never heard Drake before is just looking for an excuse to hate. Why are you listening to his second album if you feel so negatively towards him? Just admit you like him already, this album is incredible. Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2011
    0
    Rap has never sounded as generic. And trust me, it was pretty bad already. Lyrics on this record are honestly the **** to day, all he does isRap has never sounded as generic. And trust me, it was pretty bad already. Lyrics on this record are honestly the **** to day, all he does is **** and the few attempts at being sensible fail completely and just sound bland. That people still listen to this crap horrifies me. Full Review »