Saba - CARE FOR ME
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #23 / 878
Year End Rank: #39
User Score
2018 Ratings: #30
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound

At 10 breezy tracks, Care for Me isn’t just a collection of songs; it’s an honest-to-god album that develops ideas at its own pace.

90
PopMatters

Although delivered as a plea, Saba's message is necessarily uplifting and therapeutic. Though everything is grey, bleak, dull around him, a care for himself and for his neighbors brings a clarity and vibrancy enough to enjoy the present and fight for a better future.

90
AllMusic

As musically vibrant as it is emotionally vulnerable, Care for Me is a triumph of expression, as personally and creatively fearless as Frank Ocean's Blond or Björk's Vulnicura. Over the course of these ten soul-baring songs, diving deep into grief becomes a form of necessary catharsis and part of a healing process.

88
HipHopDX

With Care For Me, Saba accomplished his objective by making an album that can endure for years to come. His higher aspirations won’t afford him the visibility of the rappers acting out for attention, but projects like Care For Me should put him into the discussions of his generation’s best Hip Hop artists.

87
Pitchfork

The grief-stricken Chicago rapper’s latest is a marvel of craft, musicality, and emotion. Through Saba’s inner turmoil, he finds his most powerful and diaristic storytelling.

83
A.V. Club

There’s an introspective urgency to Saba’s songs, like they’re the only thing keeping the 23-year-old from succumbing to the systemic and social madness that surrounds him on Chicago’s West Side, and that rawness has only expanded on sophomore effort Care For Me.

83
GIGsoup
'CARE FOR ME' is that rare album that delights with a discernible, pervasive aesthetic.
80
Exclaim!
Saba confronts his life by writing every thought possible, storytelling to let listeners be aware that he struggles too, possibly with things he can't seem to escape from. His honesty and melodic, calming choruses and singing are for those who want to hear something real.
65
Under The Radar

The mood of Care For Me never transcends beyond the distraught-but-defeated, the loneliest state for anyone to find themselves in, with no hope of getting out into the light again. With that being said, it is an impressive feat for Saba to have created this mood so convincingly, albeit seemingly unintentional.

ka1
100

It's April, 6, 2018 5:00 pm eastern time. The sky is purple and blue and it drizzles with light rain. From my window, i can see the red orange maple leaves fall and fill up the sidewalks of Villeray, in Montreal Canada close to where I was staying for vacation. The only people at home rn is me and my dog who is sleeping on one of my blankets. I put on my Solo 3 beats and scroll through Insta to see what rappers and hip hop content is on rn. Then I go to Saba's insta. I heard his Bucket List ... read more

BuffaloStaple
81

LIFE is hard

edit: just to clarify i'm talking about the song, actual life is fine lol

eliiscool5
85

“𝗛𝗲𝘆, 𝗸𝗶𝗱.” 𝗔 𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗺𝘆 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗻. 𝗜 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝘆 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗻, 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗯𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗵 𝗻𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘆. ... read more

alpacaaa
95

WOWEE!! this is everything i want to hear

KneesofBees
92

A profound and powerful record that strikes an excellent balance between laid back jazz rap and urgent, hyper-focused storytelling. The former can be found on "BROKEN GIRLS" and "CALLIGRAPHY", while the later is present on the visceral yet approachable "LIFE" and the fervidly distressing "PROM/KING". The instrumentals are quality, and Saba touches on many potent topics including discrimination, vices and internet culture. I remain perplexed by Chance the ... read more

0racle
80

As one of the best albums of 2018, Care For Me is an incredibly consistent tracklist filled with great jazzy production and some fun flows and dark storytelling from Saba. It's hard not to get drawn into the story of this record which emphasises how great the instrumentals and vocal performances are. Love it

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Track List

1BUSY / SIRENS
5:29
feat. TheMIND
93
2BROKEN GIRLS
4:37
83
3LIFE
2:42
92
4CALLIGRAPHY
3:04
91
5FIGHTER
4:42
feat. KAINA
86
6SMILE
3:28
87
7LOGOUT
2:30
85
8GREY
4:00
87
9PROM / KING
7:31
97
10HEAVEN ALL AROUND ME
3:32
90
Total Length: 41 minutes
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Added on: March 15, 2018