Drake: Take Care – review


Former child actor Aubrey Graham's much-vaunted sensitivity and introspection is more hollow than ever on his second album. It's mostly condescending to women and consists of self-pitying whinges about expecting sympathy for liking strippers. In place of characterisation and detail, he repeats lines as though casting around for a prompt – often as an inadequate excuse for a hook, as on Cameras and Make Me Proud – and drops wretched clunkers such as "Shout out to the Asian girls, let the lights dim sum", and "She said, you're such a dog; I said, you're such a bone." Drake is insipid as a singer; the low point comes on Crew Love, when he and the Weeknd moan aimlessly about their first-world problems. As a rapper, he is inert to the point of catatonia and his foregrounded voice becomes swiftly intolerable. Drake's self-absorption is such that when he drones "Man, all of your flows bore me: paint drying," one assumes he's looking straight in the mirror. At heart, he doesn't seem to realise that introspection is only worth a damn if you're an interesting person.


Alex Macpherson

The GuardianTramp

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