Drake
More Life


3.2
good

Review

by Arcade STAFF
March 20th, 2017 | 476 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They want me gone, wait for the kicker; Bury me now and I only get bigger.

The problem with Views" If You’re Reading this it’s Too Late, a stripped back, barely there, braggadocios curio, was everything it should’ve been. Replete with geographical references to Toronto and densely worded tributes to family and friends, it cemented the 180-degree character turn from Degrassi to 6 God; the realization of Drake being an all shit-talking, no-nonsense, anti-hero rapper’s rapper. On “Legend,” he boorishly bragged about the lavishness of his lifestyle; on “Energy,” he name-checked his enemies with some degree of pettiness; on “Know Yourself,” he trotted out his nasty flow and blew up a Socratic saying. In contrast, Views was haphazardly slung together with little care for flow, structure, or thematic consequence; it hung together by its banner of the 6, but never achieved anything worthy of the overhype fed into it by a twelve months of being the most commercially expendable rapper of the moment. Last year, I described Views as a place where, ‘the peak has been reached and the fall looks daunting if not unavoidable,’ and went on to assess it as a ‘triumph.’ And with hindsight, it would appear that assessment was premature; Views was easily the hardest and least graceful fall Drake's career could have asked for.

Twelve months after Views, the public and critical opinion has settled on Drake, one of firm discontent at a culture vulture and a terminal dickhead. Clearly aware of this, More Life is at the very least an improvement upon what Views resulted in; a ‘playlist’ (to excuse the lack of flow), built around borrowed Kingston, East London, and Atlanta movements. It’s overlong (again) overhyped (again) and undercooked (that’s right) and without much concern for what Drake sounds like as opposed to what Drake wants to sound like. But, in saying as much, More Life does manage to work its way out of being judged along the same standard as Views, with its structure indebted to OVO Radio’s barrage of loose tracks and curiosities, curated by a personal preference rather than anything else. That’s likely why Drake’s leaner yet somehow less nimbler trap and grime numbers, the flaccid 1-2 punch of “Free Smoke” and truly awful Giggs collaboration “No Long Talk,” open the record, only for the sublime and club-ready “Passionfruit” to stumble out without much momentum moments later. More Life is packed with these false-starts and lame stretches, never really arriving at cohesiveness (the haphazardly stitched together “Portland,” “Since Way Back,”) and occasionally stumbling into greatness (the J-Lo sample and meditation of “Teenage Fever,” the rat-a-tat-a-tat talk-flow of “Sacrifices.”) But its also got more highlights and moments than we’re currently accustomed to from Drake, so it’s excusable. Not to mention the self-curated interludes- Skepta, Sampha- provides much needed respites when Drake’s villainous diatribes become insufferable. It’s not necessarily an improvement but it is progress, because at least this 80-minute marathon of Drake-d up clichés isn’t boring. Easily, it's the most likable Drake’s been in months.

Of course, not much can be said for what is essentially an extended episode of OVO Radio. There are problems that result from packing a 22-song playlist with lax attention to detail, and the concept- that of rarities and others rubbing shoulders at the cost of consistency- is not enough to attract those disinterested in hearing more of Drake than is absolutely necessary. Still, the turnaround from Views is remarkable, and the occasional standout does indicate that Drake’s been listening to some of the basic criticisms. It all stacks up as an agreeable (not wonderful, definitely not boring) assortment of thumpers, enough to pass the time until Drake finds a new culture to pillage.




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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2017


8452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

in which i proceed to use my staff privileges to review the same boring trap albums i did when i was a pleb rip

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2017


19696 Comments


great review dude

Rigma
March 20th 2017


533 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

good review lame album

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2017


5674 Comments


Great review, but yea, the guy seems more a product of a great marketing team than anything else

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Drifter
March 20th 2017


7036 Comments


Good review incredible album

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2017


15216 Comments


adolfchrist-inspired summary tho

mifzal
March 20th 2017


2598 Comments


cannot roll my eyes any further
Great review though.

Spluger
March 20th 2017


1785 Comments


Does sput need a section for playlists now?

EphemeralEternity
March 20th 2017


3003 Comments


didn't read the review haven't heard the album

JigglyPDiddy
March 20th 2017


3225 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Great review, but fuck Drakeeeee

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StarlessCore
March 20th 2017


5446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

views>

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Tunaboy45
March 20th 2017


15609 Comments


so this is just a playlist curated by Drake lol

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Kurisu
March 20th 2017


537 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm already bored of this

guitarded_chuck
March 20th 2017


13667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah what is that are we going to call mixtapes playlists now

glorybox94
March 20th 2017


790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

fav drake record yet

captaincrunch11
March 20th 2017


1457 Comments


Need to get this !

glorybox94
March 20th 2017


790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I got it on iTunes yesterday. ya know, the rare times I buy anything at all on iTunes

JeetJeet
March 20th 2017


4475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

HERMES LINK. ICE BLUE MINK

SteveOffProbation
March 20th 2017


1445 Comments


this is word for word my opinion on this written much better than I ever could, mega pos

SnakeDelilah
March 20th 2017


19929 Comments


They Want Me Gone, But It Ain't Gonna Happen

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