- Take Care

Drake - Take Care
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Rank: #68 / 889
USER SCORE
79
Based on
300 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club
His follow-up album is plenty downbeat, but it’s also gorgeous, an immersive headphone masterwork that’s tender and intimate like little else in contemporary rap and R&B.
91
Pretty Much Amazing

Take Care is a farewell to the up-and-coming mixtape Drizzy and the beginning of a 25-year-old veteran having full command of his verbal arsenal.

90
PopMatters

Drake, 40 and his rotating roster of guests try their damnedest to create a pop rap album that can compete with Kanye West’s monstrous My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

90
FACT Magazine
It constantly toes the line between cool and cornball, between magnificent and mawkish, between sensational and schmaltzy, but it’s all pulled together by Drake’s inimitable personality and the genius of his producer.
90
Slant Magazine
Drake has grown tremendously in the year since he recorded his debut, reemerging as a more versatile performer and a more heartfelt songwriter.
89
Coke Machine Glow
It is the ultimate Drake album, the epitome of his form. It is the Drakest record in existence.
86
Pitchfork

Drake's worked on his own technical abilities, too, and both his rapping and singing are better than ever here

82
Paste
He is not the best singer in the world, and certainly not the best rapper—but his desire to be upfront in his lyrics and distinguished in his music has made him an iconoclastic star.
80
Spin

With Take Care, Drake has his accelerated Kanye West moment — when a little too much ambition and all the asshole feelings he's got inside coalesce into an insular, indulgent, sad-sack hip-hop epic.

80
Consequence of Sound

Take Care shines bright, utilizing the same concepts and notions as its predecessor but with far more lethal and appealing results.

80
No Ripcord

He trumps his hitmaking mixtapes and fully commits through first proper foray into the album format with significant improvement

80
AllMusic

Take Care has the feel of a late-night R&B album, full of slow tempos, muted textures, impassioned crooning, and an introspective tone that is only rarely punctured by aggressive tracks, boasts, and/or come-ons.

80
NME

'Take Care' is an affecting masterpiece easily on par with his debut.

80
AllHipHop

Take Care is intriguing, filled with top-tier production and emotional lyrics.

80
Sputnikmusic

Take Care is equal parts dick-waving egoism, emotional wreckage, and mature understanding.

80
XXL

Take Care is somber and mellow, cold but not unwelcoming. Its ethereal chords, delicate strings and subtle percussion provide a steady mood and tone that is both dense and structured.

80
Rolling Stone
Mostly, Drake stretches out over languid, austerely plush tracks that blur hip-hop, R&B and downtempo dance music.
80
NOW Magazine

It's an idiosyncratic, aggressively self-conscious and occasionally sentimental album, one that falls somewhere between languid, finger-snapping R&B and hip-hop braggadocio.

75
The 405
There is greatness in it, no doubt, but it seems to be a case of quantity over quality.
70
Drowned in Sound

Like so many rap albums Take Care would greatly benefit from a cull of four or five songs.

70
HipHopDX

Since Take Care is so similar to Thank Me Later in terms of texture and tone, Drake’s well-defined identity will read as repetition for some.

69
Coke Machine Glow

I like opening tracks like “Over My Dead Body” and “Take Care” a lot, but some six or seven songs in, when Take Care starts to sound like a dismal echo of the preceding thirty minutes, my interest wanes.

68
Beats Per Minute

Take Care is a record unsure of itself, certainly more focused and interesting than its predecessor, but still far from the classic Drake had hinted at.

58
Entertainment Weekly

Take Care presents itself as one overlong woozy monologue, with Drake constantly holding his hungover head and wondering where his life went.

20
The Guardian

Drake is insipid as a singer ... As a rapper, he is inert to the point of catatonia and his foregrounded voice becomes swiftly intolerable.

Dec 12, 2016
JFulfy
91
DRAKE at his BEST. My favourite album by him.

Fav Tracks; Over My Dead Body, Take care, Marvins Room, Doing it Wrong.
Jul 28, 2016
CxAylward
92
lush production and flawless songwriting. the true opus of hip-hop/R&B crossover
Nov 7, 2015
83
His most mature album, easily his best work thus far. In time, it will probably be succeeded by a future work.
Jul 13, 2015
FinalLifeline
97
One of the 21st century's greatest pop records so far. Drake takes cues from Kanye, Aaliyah, Wayne, and most importantly, himself, to construct an album that is—in short—delectable. The life of the record is in the production: lush, ocean-deep, and gorgeous, it provides the perfect bed for Drake's soliloquies and confessions. The stories Drake weaves aren't intricate, but they feel hyper-real. His tales of opulence and new fame are in stark contrast to West & Jay's 2011 opus ... read more
Apr 7, 2015
SirBarxAL0T
86
Phenomenal listen. Through Drake's melodic voice, and improved rapping, one can notice the hard work that was put in to evoke an atmosphere for R&B and a variety of emotions, especially melancholy. Only a few moments of inconsistency, nevertheless, the interludes make the album transition well. Very good production from his team. Heck, some songs induce the chills in me.
Favorite Tracks: Take Care, Marvin's Room, Lord Knows, Cameras, Doing it Wrong, The Real Her, Look What You've Done.
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 13 - A.V. Club
# 3 - Bigger Than The Sound
# 5 - Billboard
# 35 - Cokemachineglow
# 10 - Consequence of Sound
# 7 - FACT Magazine
# 39 - Obscure Sound
# 48 - Paste
# 8 - Pazz and Jop
# 8 - Pitchfork
# 10 - Prefix
# 19 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 22 - Rolling Stone
# 14 - Slant
# 22 - SPIN
# 21 - Spinner
# 2 - Stereogum
# 19 - The Guardian
Track List
  1. Over My Dead Body 
  2. Shot for Me 
  3. Headlines
  4. Crew Love [ft. the Weeknd] 
  5. Take Care [ft. Rihanna] 
  6. Marvin's Room 
  7. Under Ground Kings
  8. We’ll Be fine 
  9. Make Me Proud [ft. Nicki Minaj] 
  10. Lord Knows [ft. Rick Ross] 
  11. Cameras 
  12. Doing It Wrong
  13. The Real Her [ft. Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne] 
  14. Look What You’ve Done 
  15. HYFR [ft. Lil Wayne] 
  16. Practice
  17. The Ride 
  18. Hate Sleeping Alone (Bonus)
  19. Untitled [ft. Lil Wayne] (Bonus)


Added on: September 24, 2011