Drake
Take Care


4.0
excellent

Review

by nthomas504 USER (5 Reviews)
November 15th, 2011 | 248 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most hyped album of the year delivers.

3 years ago, a certain person was acting on a Canadian TV Show called Degrassi. Back then, this certain person at times displayed his musical talents through the show and his character was even thinking about going into the rap industry. Who knew that would be a foreshadowing of what to come of Aubrey "Drake" Graham's success. Thank Me Later was a solid debut, but it was lacking coherency, in trying to make a Hip-Hop album, he at times lost the consistency and as a result, lost a lot of quality. Drake is a good singer, and is one of the best to both sing and rap. He isn't the first rapper to also sing, as Andre 3000, who is featured on this album, is probably the most successful, but he is right now the most popular rapper to do so. On this album, its very safe to say that Drake sings as much as he raps, so to judge this album correctly and fairly, you mustn't look at this album as a "hip-hop" record, but as music in general.

The album begins correctly with Over My Dead Body, with the lines "I think i killed everybody in the game last year.....I was on though." That type of confidence is very consistent throughout the entire record. The metaphors on here also give us a taste of what is to come throughout the rest of the record. Overall this song is a standout and sets a great tone of what the album is going to sound like. He doesn't come with more impressive verses until we get to track 10, titled Lord Knows. In 4 words, Drake kills this song. He spits metaphor after metaphor, and addresses his haters with the line of the album "Know I don't make music for n***as who don't get p***y, So those are the ones i count on to diss me or overlook me". Drake takes on a more aggressive flow in HYFR (Hell Yea F**kin Right), as he bodies the track, and Lil Wayne tries to keep up with him. In this three tracks specially, Drake shows all the haters that he can spit just as good, if not better than most of the rappers in the industry right now.
For the majority of this album, Drake turns into a R&B singer, or recruits a R&B singer to sing on the track while he spits love raps. Normally i would have not have been ok with this, as which most mainstream rap releases, the R&B sections are usually the low points of the album. I am very glad i didn't assume this for Take Care. The first R&B song, Shot For Me tells the story of regret that Drake feels for a lost love. It kinda of reminds me of a song from So Far Gone. As does Marvin's Room, the single i'm sure that u've all heard by now. Drake's storytelling ability is shown through this song, as he calls an ex while intoxicated to tell her all his feelings. The song puts his vurnerability at the forefront, and it almost makes you feel sorry for him. It's one of the best single's of 2011, and a definite highlight of the album. Doing It Wrong benefits from the Stevie Wonder's harmonica as it tells the story of a relationship failing to work out. There is no rapping on this song, but you don't really miss it, as the storytelling definitely distracts you from it. Look What You've Done is a tribute to his mother and others who have supported him, it's nothing that we haven't heard before (Kanye West, 2pac), but its pretty good and is very deep, and it also gives us a deeper look into the past life of Drake. Practice is the club-jam, panty dropping Juvenile sampling single that has its own distinct sound to it that shouldn't work, but it does. Overall, even though i like metaphor Drake, i kind of also like lover Drake.

The two tracks that truly standout above the others are the two tracks that feature The Weeknd. Crew Love is graced by an opening by said artist. His vocals are very distorted, but are very powerful, and as Drake comes through halfway before the songs ends for a verse, you can automatically hear their chemistry. That chemistry shines throughout their next song together, The Ride. This is hands down, the most impressive track on the entire album. The Weeknd's voice is used as a beat and Drake rides its aggressively. Drake's talks about his usual topics, but with a confidence that i've never seen him have before. These two tracks definitely stand out as the most musically different, but at the same time most musically achieving songs on the entire album.

"Overdosed on confidence' Drake spits on the lead single Headlines. This album is full of that said "confidence". In a way, Drake combined everything that made him successful into one album. Songs like The Real Her, Shot For Me, and Doing it Wrong sounds like they belong right on So Far Gone. Underground Kings, Lord Knows, and Look What You've Done sounds like tracks off of Comeback Seasons. While Headlines, Make Me Proud, and Take Care sound like Thank Me Later material. Take Care isn't perfect, as it has a few boring points. However, i don't think Drake was going for perfect. Take Care is a success for Drake because its the album he wanted. It combines all the elements that got him to the place he is now and added some new material. Will it become a classic album? Time will be the judge of that. But if you love music in general, i recommend that you give this a chance.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Clamface
November 15th 2011


105 Comments


wow.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2011


50587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

You fucked up

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

coneren
November 15th 2011


11111 Comments


fuckin rights mother fucker

Sleaper
November 15th 2011


3407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The most hype album of the year delivers."

You fucked up [2]

Digging: Panda Bear - Mr Noah

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2011


31373 Comments


How is this the most hyped album of the year exactly?

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

JJwins
November 15th 2011


641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

loldrake

Hawks
November 15th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules. Fuck the haters nigga.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2011


31373 Comments


Hawks you're the whitest person I've never met

Hawks
November 15th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, because I was being serious when I said that.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2011


31373 Comments


Racism is no joke

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2011


15743 Comments


gonna have to go with ghostface on this one. also with ?uestlove in regards to the new Lil B track: "even with good intentions, i still declare 2007-12 the "Post Modern Ye-ified Narcissist-Histrionic disorder" era. Why?"

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

cvlts
November 15th 2011


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first time listening to drake. not even kidding i thought he was white until now

Rev
November 15th 2011


9437 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this sucks

Counterfeit
November 15th 2011


17819 Comments


i dont even understand how like this is bumped by sputnik now

Dday
November 15th 2011


108 Comments


This album is awful.

Tikicobra
November 15th 2011


573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Based on the good stuff I've heard I'd say you guys are being pretty biased.

fuckthatnoise
November 15th 2011


1479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

one of the biggest improvements of the year.

gabethepiratesquid
November 15th 2011


4521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, I'll probably write a review of this tonight or something if I'm bored. Also, the people saying this is awful aren't actually giving reasons. I'm sure Dev hates it because it's not lyrical and he seems to be geared towards lyricism in hip-hop but the rest of the haters are just dumb. Shit is mad wack.

Sleaper
November 15th 2011


3407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

look what you've done... thank me later sucks compared to this.
fuckin love this shit!


fuckthatnoise
November 15th 2011


1479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

as far as Thank Me Later goes, i thought Karaoke and Over were great. The rest ranged from terribly forgettable to forgettably terrible.



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