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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the Canadian rapper features guest appearances from 21 Savage, Future, Giveon, JAY-Z, Kid Cudi, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Lil Wayne, Project Pat, Rick Ross, Tems, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, and Young Thug.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 80
    With 21 tracks over 86 minutes somehow still feels tight next to the interminable “Donda” — is an enjoyment even at its bleakest. ... Even minus this get-out-of-jail-free stuff, “Certified Lover Boy” is so sharply composed and performed as to be largely irresistible.
  2. Sep 7, 2021
    70
    The album suffers from this unfocused overabundance of voices. ... It’s ultimately a shame since Certified Lover Boy could have very well been Drake’s best record. Sonically, it’s his most impressive offering to date.
  3. Sep 8, 2021
    67
    The resulting record is largely another missed opportunity for experimentation from the man many consider the current best rapper in the game. Yes, the theatrics, and introspection, and even a few moments of musical deftness, are there. But overall, it’s nothing to depart from 2018’s Scorpion or 2016’s Views. There’s nothing groundbreaking here.
  4. Sep 3, 2021
    60
    Personally, sonically and thematically, Drake seems resistant to change. It’s frustrating: the songs aren’t bad, and in some cases they’re excellent, a reminder of the unflattering emotional honesty that initially set him apart from his peers. However, they also hew to a formula that works for him.
  5. 50
    The new album is like watching the eighth season of a sitcom and growing hyper-aware of all the recycled jokes and actors' laugh lines.
  6. Oct 19, 2021
    45
    It’s beige, hollow music and that’s what ultimately frustrates your dedicated rap listener because it doesn’t make sense why it’s so damn popular. When you throw the poor writing on top of this, and some real hit-and-miss production into the mix, “Certified Lover Boy” may well be Drake’s worst album.
  7. ‘CLB’ sounds jaded and dull, as if it was a chore to make. It’s certainly a chore to listen to. ... It offers nothing new to the rapper’s canon, merely going through the motions on his old formulas instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 494
  1. Sep 3, 2021
    10
    Fair trade is best so far. 7am on bridle path is real talk. Love all is also a bop
    The intro on TSU was not needed
  2. Sep 5, 2021
    10
    An amazing album ! One of his best albums to date. Drake never misses when it comes to his art !
  3. Sep 3, 2021
    5
    After a few play throughs it’s safe to say this album continues Drake’s lineage of dropping mediocre albums that are carried by a couple ofAfter a few play throughs it’s safe to say this album continues Drake’s lineage of dropping mediocre albums that are carried by a couple of stand out tracks. Boring overall with a few moments of greatness. Expand
  4. Sep 3, 2021
    2
    Esperava muito mais de um album do drake..
    Nem as musicas com feat tão esperado, como travsi ficaram em um vibe boa.. pra um cantor que só
    Esperava muito mais de um album do drake..
    Nem as musicas com feat tão esperado, como travsi ficaram em um vibe boa.. pra um cantor que só canta musicas comerciais.
    Apresenta musicas cansativas de se ouvir.
    Musicas que não ouviriamos mais de 1 vez em 1 dia.
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  5. Sep 4, 2021
    1
    The first song, "Champagne Poetry", is very good, reminds me a lot of Take Care, Drake's 2011 album (his best record, in my opinion),The first song, "Champagne Poetry", is very good, reminds me a lot of Take Care, Drake's 2011 album (his best record, in my opinion), especially it's intro "Over My Dead Body". Despite that, the album is awful, i almost fell asleep TWICE. Nothing new, just the same old Drake trying to make hits, and definitely making it, as his music is easily digestible by the average audience. No more than two out of 21 songs on the album will make to my gym playlist, and I'll probably skip them. Expand
  6. Sep 3, 2021
    0
    I think of all the albums Drake has dropped nothing has topped Nothing was the same. He's been just gliding on tracks cause he knows it'llI think of all the albums Drake has dropped nothing has topped Nothing was the same. He's been just gliding on tracks cause he knows it'll sell no matter what Expand
  7. Sep 3, 2021
    0
    Its trash, songs are boring and features were not that good but it is what it is Donda is better

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