Take Care

Drake - Take Care
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2011 Ratings: #157 / 998
Year End Rank: #17
User Score
2011 Ratings: #117
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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.

YungG
0
Drake's worst album but not as bad as Radiohead. Also I really hate Gorillaz
ChildishBambino
80
This album makes me wanna get back with my ex and then treat her like shit so that we break up again and then get back with her again but then treat her good but then she treats me like shit and then I just cry every night after that but then I tell all my boys about how I just used her for a shag but in reality on the inside I miss her so much it makes me miserable.

Headlines goes hard and Marvin's Room might be shit but I can't tell because I'm to busy overthinking so it sounds great to ... read more
ElectricMess
69
i feel bad for drake
heavenlyxbn
70
Decent.

Okay, I like this album more than his debut, having a more solid sound, it is more enjoyable to listen to, however, I think the only problem that I have with this album is that it is too long, and there comes a point where I bored listening to it, but maybe if it were shorter it would have been much better, in my pov.

Favorite tracks: Over My Dead Body, Crew Love, Take Care, Under Ground Kings, We'll Be Fine, Lord Knows, Cameras/Good Ones Go Interlude, Doing It Wrong, The Real Her. ... read more
bEn1
85
This is probably my fav Drake album, unlike NWTS and IYRTITL, I like pretty much every track here. "Over my dead body" is an incredible intro with these beautiful female vocals on the chorus and a very bright, feel good instrumental despite the title. While I've never loved Drake's more monotone delivery, "Headlines" is an oddly triumphant track and while I've never loved his more sappy delivery, "Shot for me" just sounds great. There are some big artist features ... read more
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Added on: September 24, 2011