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Drake’s 'Take Care' Review Roundup

Find out what the critics are saying about the Canadian rapper's latest album

By: Ilan Mester

Published: November 15th, 2011 in Culture » Music » News

Drake’s 'Take Care' Review Roundup

Drake’s highly anticipated sophomore album, 'Take Care,' has just hit shelves. The Toronto rapper’s latest release is already the No. 1 album on iTunes. Here’s a roundup of what some of the critics are saying:

Billboard: "... 'Take Care' presents Drake at his best: unraveling without the care of being judged when spit-singing emotional verses over intricate, piano-heavy synths.

Entertainment Weekly: “... Drake managed to blend his special brand of understated Canadian ­swagger with surprisingly vulnerable reflections on the opposite sex. It didn’t reinvent the wheels of steel, but it acted as both a statement of his vast potential and a titillating wake-up call for hip-hop.”

Montreal Gazette: “Drake is a great executive producer, and his sophomore album, Take Care, feels like an artist exploring a very specific vision to find out just how far it can be taken.”

Rolling Stone: The music is grandiose, full of big names and weighty references – from the drunk-dial epic "Marvin’s Room" to the N'awlins hip-hop tribute "Practice" to cameos from André 3000, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Stevie Wonder.”

Spin: “The only time the almost 80-minute Take Care doesn't work is when it indulges something resembling conventional hip-hop.”

The Los Angeles Times: “To discuss Drake requires a mention of how he represents the softer side of hip-hop. It’s not just anyone, after all, who gets a guest harmonica turn from Stevie Wonder.”


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