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  • Summary: The 25-track fifth studio release for the Canadian hip-hop artist features guest appearances from Jay-Z and Ty Dollar $ign as well as vocals from Michael Jackson and Static Major.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    The 12 track Volume 1 of Scorpion is a sharply focused hip-hop album, with Drake delivering eloquent zingers over stripped back beats and spine-tinglingly atmospheric hooks. ... Meanwhile, the 13 track Volume 2 showcases Drake’s flip side, sensitive R'n'B loverman whose simple two-note melodies offer nights of pleasure on dance floors and in bedrooms yet somehow always end with broken hearts (usually his).
  2. 80
    Yet for all its tiresome megalomania, Scorpion is so beautifully rendered--from vocals to samples to features to beats--that Drake ends up pulling you over to his side, much like Kanye West did on his similarly vexing “Ye.”
  3. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    In the long run, a few duds in 90 minutes of material doesn't seem too high a sin, especially considering the same concession could easily be made for a release like the Beatles' White Album. Thus, with Scorpion, Drake makes a cohesive argument for broadening our attention spans and enjoying life's music, regardless of runtime.
  4. Jul 2, 2018
    67
    It’s a drag, but a compulsively listenable one, with velvety production and Drake’s typically elegant taste in guest voices.
  5. The star’s hubris is no more apparent than in its sheer breadth and lack of quality control. At 25 tracks in total, Scorpion is way too long--even by Drake’s own standards--and simply doesn’t need to be.
  6. 60
    Oddly erratic. ... The way he darts between different sounds is exhausting and, ultimately, messy. On certain tracks he raps like he has something to prove, on others it's like he has nothing.
  7. Jul 3, 2018
    30
    Drake offers little here that does not retread the sonic and narrative territory of his previous work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 152
  2. Negative: 67 out of 152
  1. Jun 30, 2018
    10
    This is a streaming era album, and this album is good at what it does- provide a song for every mood, and act as an entry to the two sides ofThis is a streaming era album, and this album is good at what it does- provide a song for every mood, and act as an entry to the two sides of Drake- the braggadocios 6 God side, and the brooding reminiscer side. Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2019
    10
    Drake is the greatest artist that ever lived. Anyone who says differently can go back to kindergarten because obviously you haven't learnedDrake is the greatest artist that ever lived. Anyone who says differently can go back to kindergarten because obviously you haven't learned anything about common sense. Expand
  3. Aug 12, 2018
    7
    Although having clear flaws; such as the number of tracks and the clear switching from Drake's R&B past to a more watered down hip-pop, thereAlthough having clear flaws; such as the number of tracks and the clear switching from Drake's R&B past to a more watered down hip-pop, there are some catchy tunes and it overall encompasses just enough personal Drake too lay over till his next project with multiple mood changes and beat experimentation throughout. Expand
  4. Jul 3, 2018
    4
    This album is so flat, so boring, so nothing. The only good song is Nice for What. Awkward bars, awkward switch-ups, and too long with anThis album is so flat, so boring, so nothing. The only good song is Nice for What. Awkward bars, awkward switch-ups, and too long with an album about nothing. He really did not need to talk about his son when Pusha T dissed him so hard, it makes it sound so awkward and uncomfortable. Jay-Z had a pretty good bar in my opinion though. Expand
  5. Jul 1, 2018
    3
    This album is straight boo boo. Side-A is full of generic beats and flows, Drake sounds asleep half the time while rapping. Side-B is aThis album is straight boo boo. Side-A is full of generic beats and flows, Drake sounds asleep half the time while rapping. Side-B is a sub-par R&B album where we get typical Drake singing about relationships. Come on Drake, is this really the best you can come out with?

    Good Songs: Emotionless, Sandra's Rose, Nice for What, In My Feelings
    Decent Songs: Nonstop, God's Plan, Final Fantasy, Don't Matter to Me
    Trash Songs: The other 17 songs
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  6. Dec 20, 2020
    2
    Album is pretty trash. Typical sleepy drake. Only people that really think it’s good are the drake stans and in most of the positive reviewsAlbum is pretty trash. Typical sleepy drake. Only people that really think it’s good are the drake stans and in most of the positive reviews on here are people who say the album is rated low because of haters and not the artists lack of good song writing Expand
  7. Sep 1, 2021
    0
    it's just not good. It get so damn long and boring, and even the few catchy songs are not good. Nice For What is just a stupid song in whichit's just not good. It get so damn long and boring, and even the few catchy songs are not good. Nice For What is just a stupid song in which Drake make compliments about the listener. Expand

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