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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Chicago rapper was influenced in part by the death of his cousin Walter Long, Jr. and was co-produced with daedaePIVOT and Daoud.
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  1. 91
    It’s a grief we hope to avoid and yet a grief we can’t help tasting. Saba makes it near impossible to turn away.
  2. Nov 26, 2018
    90
    The album doesn't seek any big answers to make sense of a pointless death, but profoundly chronicles Saba's jagged path through the heartache as life continues.
  3. Apr 12, 2018
    88
    With Care For Me, Saba accomplished his objective by making an album that can endure for years to come.
  4. Apr 12, 2018
    87
    Each note and phrase on the album is colored to depict this struggle. The instrumentation is bracing, almost as if played live for a crowd, but it has the intimate tenor and tone of Saba recording the entire thing alone in his basement.
  5. Apr 12, 2018
    80
    He has his own sound and stands out as an artist, with this album possibly being the one to distance himself from being overshadowed by other Chicago rappers. He does hold it down for showing his upbringing through his music as a Chicago artist in a more authentic way this time around.
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  1. Jul 3, 2018
    10
    I don't often give 10s, but this album earned it, standing out as one of the best releases this year. He touches on a wide range of meaningfulI don't often give 10s, but this album earned it, standing out as one of the best releases this year. He touches on a wide range of meaningful and important subjects that are well blended together across the 10 tracks. The sounds are creamy, soulful, nostalgic, and at times dark. The range of vibes is eclectic without sounding all over the place. The lyrical work fits the production like a glove and the engineering has been noticeably tailored to fit Saba's style and vocal mannerisms. The influences of his peers are noticeably present on this record at times, but they do not overpower his sound or identity as an artist. Daoud & daedaePIVOT's production combined with Saba's lyrical and stylistic prowess are a winning formula. I got goosebumps several times throughout the first listen and I still do whenever I turn on this project. 9.5/10 Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2018
    10
    Saba's sophomore album demonstrates his ability to convey his emotions through well-crafted music. "Care For Me" displays Saba's lyricalSaba's sophomore album demonstrates his ability to convey his emotions through well-crafted music. "Care For Me" displays Saba's lyrical talent and ability over jazzy and dark instrumentals. The replay value of this album goes up as you play it more, and you feel as if you get to know more about Saba personally the more you pay attention to his bars. The attention to detail in his songwriting is incredible, and so are the beats produced by his close friends. This album is seriously under-appreciated. 96/100 Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    Beautiful production, amazing delivery, and doesn't feel overwhelming or overbearing despite the heavy subject matter, it's just stripped downBeautiful production, amazing delivery, and doesn't feel overwhelming or overbearing despite the heavy subject matter, it's just stripped down to its roots in the realest way possible. Expand
  4. Aug 2, 2018
    9
    Saba's 'CARE FOR ME' is straight-up fantastic.

    It's a dense collection of jazzy, layered songs that intimately navigate the complicated
    Saba's 'CARE FOR ME' is straight-up fantastic.

    It's a dense collection of jazzy, layered songs that intimately navigate the complicated experiences of grief, depression, loneliness and apathy.

    With its signature Chicago flows and production, this LP paints such a vivid description of Saba's perspectives, drawing us in for its slim run time and leaving a lasting impression. This is, so far, AOTY for me and has become a companion to my 2018.

    Please, please don't sleep on this one. It's an essential listen.
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  5. Jan 3, 2019
    9
    i checked this album out because everyone was telling me its so good and yes it is really good
  6. Nov 1, 2018
    9
    Care for Me is an outstanding album. It's a very emotional album from a grieving artist and his storytelling makes it feel brutally real andCare for Me is an outstanding album. It's a very emotional album from a grieving artist and his storytelling makes it feel brutally real and honest throughout. It also flows really well, the production is top notch and seems to fit Saba's smooth delivery perfectly. He switches up his flow and delivery at times but the overall sound and feel of the album remain consistent and the production seems to be moulded to his vocals. Somehow, it sounds relaxing and easy to listen to despite the heavy lyrics and subject matter.
    There is a lot of talent coming out of Chicago at the moment - Noname, Chance, Mick Jenkins etc. Noname dropped her debut this year which obviously gained the most attention and it deserved the attention, but Care for me stands out as the most coherent out of that group and is one of the albums of the year in my opinion.
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  7. May 31, 2018
    7
    Saba has made a heartfelt rap record without sounding petulant. His stories are real and well thought-out. Badgering this release, however,Saba has made a heartfelt rap record without sounding petulant. His stories are real and well thought-out. Badgering this release, however, are the songs without any personality or memorability. Expand

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