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Average User Score: 5.7May 18, 2016Drake's supposed magnum opus finds itself falling far below expectations. The biggest issue with this album has to be the lyrics, which areDrake's supposed magnum opus finds itself falling far below expectations. The biggest issue with this album has to be the lyrics, which are mediocre at best and cringe-worthy at worst. Lines such as "I got so many chains they call me Chaining Tatum" are so bad that I can't even muster up the desire to listen to the songs they belong to. You could have a VIEWS drinking game; whenever Drake rhymes a word with itself, take a shot - I guarantee you'll be unconscious by the 5th track. Although Drake makes up for this somewhat by surrounding his music in a few decent beats and singing, he's not s strong enough a singer to carry him as much as he relies on it to. The end of "U got me?" was a revealing point of this album, as Drake shows more emotion and ambition than the entire rest of the album combined. Despite being a mighty 20 tracks long, VIEWS comes off as lazy and unambitious, content to stick to safer sounds and overdone subject matter. Overall, there are a few nice sounding hooks and beats on this thing, but the horrible emceeing from Drake and total lack of vision and ambition on this album makes it very skippable.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Sep 10, 2015Lianne La Havas delivers brilliantly in this new album. A perfect blend of Pop and Neo-Soul, she paints solid pictures with her compositionLianne La Havas delivers brilliantly in this new album. A perfect blend of Pop and Neo-Soul, she paints solid pictures with her composition and lyrics. The subject matter is many times par-the-course for most pop songs, but Lianne like to put twists that skew a song from its assumed direction. "What You Don't Do" is a great example of this; taking a pretty normal concept and executing it in a refreshing way.
Also, the compositions are almost flawless. Everything from the textured and layered "wall of sound" on "Unstoppable", to the brilliant guitar riff on "Tokyo", to the simple guitar ballad in "Ghost", is done with care and respect for the song's intended tone.
Not to mention Lianne herself, who delivered song after song of powerful belting. She sounds better than ever, and it really shows.
Probably my biggest complaint about "Blood" is it's lack of buildup during songs. Lianne is great at making nice, complete phrases that come at you off the bat, but neglects actually maturing those phrases as the song goes on. A minor complaint, but it adds to the overall lack of really memorable moments on the album.
Overall a really solid album and a great unique sound is the promise of Blood. Lianne La Havas has shown herself as a remarkable artist, and I only hope she can continue to create stuff like this in the future.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.1Mar 19, 2015Kendrick Lamar delivers an album transcending the ambition and scope of his previous project, Good Kid M.A.A.D City, and delivers inKendrick Lamar delivers an album transcending the ambition and scope of his previous project, Good Kid M.A.A.D City, and delivers in spectacular fashion. Deep and layered, the story of "Butterfly" is wrapped up in a complex web of thematic strings. It may seem somewhat disjointed at first, but the songs eventually lead into a brilliant and powerful ending that tie all loose ends. Almost never are we privileged enough to hear a hunk of music so dense that even after 7 listens I'm still finding new intricacies that I haven't noticed before. For any fan of hip-hop, or any fan of music, or any fan of simply experiencing a good story unfold, this is a can't miss.… Expand