- VIEWS

Drake - VIEWS
CRITIC SCORE
68
Based on 27 reviews
2016 Rank: #550 / 709
USER SCORE
60
Based on
306 ratings

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80
Exclaim!

It's a slow album, but through multiple listens, we're treated to the same complexities, but personal and musical, that have made him such a fascinating figure throughout the past decade.

80
The Guardian

Views isn’t a perfect album – some judicious pruning of the less impactful tracks would make it more easily digestible, and there are certainly moments when you start to wish Drake would cast his gaze a little further afield than his own navel.

80
The 405

Aubrey has reclaimed his position delivering the ardently despondent music he initially built his reputation on, through patented melancholy, petty pretentiousness and newly adopted riddims.

80
XXL

Drake delivers a strong album that will undoubtedly get played for months and even years to come, but at this point he should be pushing the boundaries in his music.

80
NME
‘Views’ should be a slog. But remarkably, his signature brand of downbeat introspection remains gripping.
80
Time Out London
This is glittering, diamond-sharp stuff that sees Drake switch from the dulcet lothario of ‘Take Care’ to the clipped, canine street rapper of ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’. The result is new patterns, new tones and new pockets of Drake’s secret weapon: empty space.
75
Consequence of Sound

Given all the resources he has, the album may have been too big to fail, but he’s still maintained enough of his unique talent that it’s unlikely anyone could have done it better.

75
Entertainment Weekly

Drake still remains a master at producing low-key mesmerizing rap, but the Views are slightly less breathtaking here.

70
Slant Magazine

Views is a truly glacial, intensely morose album, one that confronts the same basic concerns as previous efforts, while further amplifying their significance.

70
Rolling Stone
Drake has tilled this soil on several albums, with little new insight or complexity unearthed here; the result is an occasionally excellent LP that feels, naggingly, like a missed opportunity.
70
Spin

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who listen for lyrics, and those who listen for beats. If you belong to the latter group, then Views will be one of the best albums released this year. If you’re in the former, well… lines like “I’m a staple in the game, all my papers together” might tarnish golden production work from Noah “40” Shebib, Boi1da, nineteen85, and Maneesh, among others.

68
Pitchfork

Drake's fourth proper album feels claustrophobic and too long and weirdly monotone, but the occasional tweaks in sound lead to a few great moments.

67
A.V. Club

Even more so than 2013’s Nothing Was The Same, an otherwise fantastic effort that hugged its predecessors’ template a little too tightly, Views can’t escape the sense that Drake’s done this before and done it better.

60
DIY
‘Views’ is far from perfect. Yes, at times it does drag a little and - though clever and often charming - the content isn’t particularly inspiring. But that’s not who Drake is and it never will be; he’s arrogant, self-obsessed and a little bit goofy.
60
Clash

At 20 tracks, Aubrey for the most part provides a rather overweight and lethargic waltz through his musical comfort zone. 

60
The Line of Best Fit

Views, like Take Care and Nothing Was the Same before it, is brilliant in places and thoroughly bloated in others. Most interesting is how Drake manages to vacillate so dramatically between being so likeable one minute and so off-puttingly self-involved the next.

60
PopMatters

To say Views is a victory lap after the successes of his two mixtapes from 2015 is a lie: no victory lap in hip-hop sounds so supine and inert.

60
Drowned in Sound

For him to be so often contented with merely satisfactory results is somehow much more disappointing than a total failure.

60
musicOMH
There are enough moments of glory and splendour here to validate Drake’s position at the head of the hip-hop table, but you wonder whether he can stay there much longer without doing something drastically different.
60
NOW Magazine

As emotional and specific as Drake is in his lyrics, Views often feels uninspired. He continues to grow as a singer, but his rhymes are stuck in a broody and banal limbo, stubbornly beholden to the boring machismo of American hip-hop drama but also drawn to the eclecticism of the world beyond.

58
HipHopDX

Kanye West’s 2010 magnum opus, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, takes a piercing look at the relationship between humanity and celebrity. Such a duality is clearly what Drake sought to explore on his 4th studio effort, Views, yet he falls short at almost every turn.

58
Pretty Much Amazing
Drake may not be “making a statement” in the way people might expect him to, but there’s no denying he’s saying something.
50
Tiny Mix Tapes

There really isn’t a whole lot that can be said about VIEWS that hasn’t already been said about Drake’s three previous albums. For an artist so eager to entertain, so set on proving his superstar status in a fickle industry, he surprisingly doesn’t take any risks in order to do something truly different.

50
AllMusic
Frankly, it's become as boring and annoying as a needle stuck in a groove. No matter how ably the production casts his raps and ballads in the best possible light, no matter how well the frequent use of chopped and swirled samples from '90s R&B songs fit in the mix, no matter that the occasional song rises up from the narrative and makes a splash, the album is a meandering, dreary rehash of what Drake has done before in much better fashion.
Aoaystheory
72
when drizzie releases a new record, it becomes a warzone and you gotta Keep the Family Close. although this doesn't out-right suck, it's def. not even coming close to a 9, U With Me? i Feel No Ways about the Hype, although Weston Road Flows almost had me feeling some Redemption for drake. id be willing to listen to this With You whether you're a Faithful drake fan or a hater hollaring "im Still Here!" we get it you can't Controlla your mouth when it comes to your opinion. but all ... read more
austincrane235
61
turn the 6 upside down, it's a 67 now

EDIT: Turn the 67 upside down, it's a 61 now
BuffaloStaple
38
Easily the biggest mixed bag in Drake's discography. Some of the beats are imo, very poorly produced, incredibly basic drum loops that get stale 1-2 minutes into the track e.g. One Dance and Redemption, some however, sound like more glossy versions of the minimal production we saw on IYRTITL e.g. Weston Road Flows, Child's Play, Hype, these beats were the best to me. Lyrically, I think it's easily the weakest Drake release yet, the lines are dumbed down, often cringey, there is literally no ... read more
58
In my opinion, this is a stepback for Drake, and really unnecessary album in his discography.
MoistNarwhal
60
Releasing so much music so often seems to be having an effect on quality here. There's certainly a lot of decent tracks, and this project is ambitious. However, it is unable to keep listeners engaged over the 81 minute run time.
Perhaps Drake should think about focusing on fewer tracks, in hopes of a more focused album in future.
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DETAILS

April 29, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
OVO Sound, Young Money, Republic / Label
Hip Hop, Pop / Genres
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Track List
  1. Keep the Family Close
  2. 9
  3. U With Me?
  4. Feel No Ways
  5. Hype
  6. Weston Road Flows
  7. Redemption
  8. With You (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
  9. Faithful (feat. Pimp C & dvsn)
  10. Still Here
  11. Controlla
  12. One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
  13. Grammys (feat. Future)
  14. Childs Play
  15. Pop Style
  16. Too Good (feat. Rihanna)
  17. Summers Over Interlude
  18. Fire & Desire
  19. Views
  20. Hotline Bling


Added on: February 9, 2016