Thank Me Later

Drake - Thank Me Later
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2010 Ratings: #336 / 854
Year End Rank: #23
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Based on 245 ratings
2010 Ratings: #162
June 15, 2010 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
Pitchfork

Drake sings or raps the word "I" 410 times on his debut album. Even in the realm of hip-hop-- a style famous for its unswerving solipsism-- this is a feat. For comparison's sake, noted mirror watcher Kanye West managed to work only 220 "I"'s into the verses and hooks of his big break, The College Dropout. Illmatic; 210. Reasonable Doubt; 240. With Thank Me Later, Drake attempts to enter the pantheon of those rap game-busters by the sheer force of first person singular pronouns. All eyes are on him-- especially his own. But considering this mixed race, half-Jewish, all-Canadian "Degrassi: The Next Generation" alum looks and sounds unlike any major rap star before him, betting the house on nothing but himself turns out to be a wise gamble.

70
PopMatters

It is unclear exactly what kind of artist Aubrey Drake Graham wants to be. Groomed by Lil Wayne, taken out partying with big boys like Jay-Z and Diddy, the kid seems to view himself as a member of that company—a hard rapper. But he’s bucking what seem to be his truer colors as a slower, R&B-type singer in the style of Usher or Ne-Yo. On Thank Me Later, easily one of the most anticipated releases of the summer, the identity crisis is in full swing.

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TML is a 10/10.

PLEASE HELP THOMAS SWANZEY IS HOLDING ME AT GUN POINT OH FUCK
BruhMan
75
FAVORITE TRACKS: Fireworks, The Resistance, Over, Show Me A Good Time, Fancy, Shut It Down, Unforgettable, Light Up, Miss Me, Find Your Love, Thank Me Now.

LEAST FAVORITE: Karaoke & Up All Night.
EntryIncomplete
68
Thank Me Later might be an obvious copycat of 808s & Heartbreak, but it's a pretty good copycat in that case. I think the overall sound and intimate atmosphere of this record is great. My main problem is that it is padded to hell and back with unmemorable tracks. Drake is a flawed, but honest performer, and has a certain personal charm not found elsewhere.
MySoftBulletin
64
very heavily inspired by Kanye's 808s and Heartbreak, this is the debut of one of the most successful artists of our generation, as well as one of the most influential albums of the decade
KanyesEgo
64
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Track List

  1. Fireworks 
  2. Karaoke
  3. The Resistance 
  4. Over 
  5. Show Me A Good Time 
  6. Up All Night 
  7. Fancy 
  8. Shut It Down 
  9. Unforgettable
  10. Light Up 
  11. Miss Me 
  12. Cece's Interlude
  13. Find Your Love
  14. Thank Me Now

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