Take Care - Drake
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Take Care does a beautiful job of giving Drake the best group of features that complement his style while rarely outshining him.
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    80
    While Take Care's charms may be a little more hidden, with a couple exceptions, than Thank Me Later's were, repeated plays reveal a record that is just as strong and more powerful emotionally.
  3. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    It's actually on the brighter, bolder, faster numbers that Take Care comes alive.
  4. Take Care is a record unsure of itself, certainly more focused and interesting than its predecessor, but still far from the classic Drake had hinted at.
  5. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    His second full-length, out today, is a mighty thing, every bit as turbulent and achingly defensive as Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy."
  6. Nov 14, 2011
    75
    The best of it affirms that Drake is shaping a pop persona with staying power.
  7. Nov 29, 2011
    89
    This is all I really want an album to be: an immense, five-star production fronted by a compelling, three-dimensional character with an unrivaled faculty for craft.
  8. Nov 17, 2011
    69
    If Drake had it his way, one imagines he would deliver this album via fan newsletter. He made this record for them-which is why his aesthetic so thoroughly encases this record like a cocoon made of syrup-and he'd rather any stone-throwers politely evaporate.
  9. 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.
  10. Nov 17, 2011
    80
    We're still a long way from a classic, but Take Care once again proves that he's just too good to disappear anytime soon.
  11. Nov 22, 2011
    70
    Take Care is dense and takes a while to digest, but once you're in Drake's world there's no escaping.
  12. 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.
  13. Nov 14, 2011
    70
    While Take Care could be much better in some theoretical ways, it isn't bad in any objective way either.
  14. Nov 15, 2011
    75
    Drake shares [Kanye] West's love for mood and never-ending existential analysis.
  15. 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.
  16. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    Either way you bend it, his confessional accounts on how men view the female gender is all too relatable under any context.
  17. Nov 17, 2011
    80
    It's an idiosyncratic, aggressively self-conscious and occasionally sentimental album, one that falls somewhere between languid, finger-snapping R&B and hip-hop braggadocio.
  18. Nov 14, 2011
    86
    Just as his thematic concerns have become richer, so has the music backing them up.
  19. Nov 14, 2011
    90
    It's one slightly embarrassing Nicki Minaj verse and one awkward Lil' Wayne feature (the "HYFR" one) away from being by far the smoothest hip-hop and/or pop listen you're likely to come across this year.
  20. 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.
  21. Dec 22, 2011
    60
    It's great at times, but far more work than it should be. [Jan 2012, p.127]
  22. Nov 10, 2011
    80
    He's clearly fought his corner admirably, because he's achieved it--it's an album that creates a particular mood, and vehemently sticks to it, even bending the will of the traditional rap joints in the process.
  23. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    It's what Drake does best, collapsing many moods--arrogance, sadness, tenderness and self-pity--into one vast, squish-souled emotion.
  24. Nov 11, 2011
    90
    On Take Care, Drake finally shows he's got the talent to match the hype.
  25. 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.
  26. Dec 12, 2011
    80
    Take Care is equal parts dick-waving egoism, emotional wreckage, and mature understanding.
  27. 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.
  28. Nov 17, 2011
    20
    Former child actor Aubrey Graham's much-vaunted sensitivity and introspection is more hollow than ever on his second album.
  29. 80
    For a while on this overlong album, he brings something new to the usual hip-hop parade of brandy and bitches, lasciviousness and loyalty.
  30. Nov 16, 2011
    90
    That Take Care is an almost complete success is no small feat, especially given that it's an accomplishment of form more than of content, content having been handled assuredly on the last two Drake releases
  31. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    The result is both silkily seductive and moodily narcissistic.
  32. 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]
  33. Nov 16, 2011
    90
    Take Care is a carefully crafted bundle of contradictory sentiments from a conflicted rapper who explores his own neuroses in as compelling a manner as anyone not named Kanye West.
  34. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    Overall, Take Care's sum is greater than its parts.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 222 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 82
  2. Negative: 9 out of 82
  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 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 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. N10
    Nov 16, 2011
    9
    Stop hating!
    You guy's who says that Drake is the worst rapper, have you even heard other rappers. And I mean Sou lja Boy, is he really better
    than Drake? Certainly not. It's so many rappers who sucks right now...
    We have so many bad rapper's, and I know it. Listen to the other rappers and then comment...
    Drake= Do pest.. I love this album, Do Right And Kill Everything! OVO
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