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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 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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
    Aubrey Graham hands over his fifth project to cross 80 minutes, an hour and a half smorgasbord of all-new tracks. In his defence, the Drake cuisine is far too extensive and varied at this point, but this dilemma has been around for a number of years now and some sort of sacrifice for a better, more cohesive project has to be made if he wants to release another classic.
  5. Sep 7, 2021
    60
    CLB is a serviceable enough Drake album, but he has a number of prior projects that showcase his dynamic rap abilities and frenemy quarrels at a much higher calibre.
  6. 50
    Certified Lover Boy is polished, well-executed and yet is completely devoid of ambition or memorable moments.
  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: 89 out of 462
  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
    Amazing album, good beats and well crafted lyrics. Excellently produced kudos to 40 . Timeless album has that classic Drake sound that we'veAmazing album, good beats and well crafted lyrics. Excellently produced kudos to 40 . Timeless album has that classic Drake sound that we've all come to expect so much better than that rambling Donda album from Kanye. Im so glad he's still making music this man is the GOAT! A lot of people hating on him on metacritic because of this reason thats petty S%^t. Interesting that the Critics give an honest review and the users just post some trolling biased junk which shows in the ratings, exactly opposite to the junk Kanye Donda album. Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2021
    5
    zafan unos temas, drake se cae en la mitad de las canciones y lo carrean los ft.
  4. Sep 3, 2021
    2
    Only 2 songs that are okay:

    No friends in the industry
    Fair trade (even though Travis messed it up)

    Such a let down of an album.
  5. Sep 3, 2021
    1
    No artistic growth, the whole album is a Kanye diss and the tracks that aren’t were leaked before or just not good material. To be attackingNo artistic growth, the whole album is a Kanye diss and the tracks that aren’t were leaked before or just not good material. To be attacking Kanye in this way, it is important to note that Drake has never made an album as good as MBDTF and he’s older than Kanye was when he made that album. Expand
  6. Sep 3, 2021
    0
    Trash album. Really a disappointment. Boring and uninspired. Certified Hot garbage
  7. SZ
    Sep 3, 2021
    0
    Sounds like recycled materials : beats, flows and topics identical to his last few projects.

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