Drake -  Honestly, Nevermind
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‘Honestly, Nevermind’ may be the most frustratingly repetitious and uninspired Drake has ever been. He sings with his usual sleepy delivery over fundamental dance loops, often soaked in reverb alongside occasional ‘Dawn FM’ styled vocal inflections. There are tracks here that show potential in some areas, but are always brought down by the sheer mediocrity of their other elements. “Currents” could have a genuinely pleasant atmosphere if not for the juvenile chair squeaks mixed into the beat, and “Texts Go Green” has decent production, but goes nowhere while Drake brings nothing to the table.

His lack of effort is consistently an issue throughout the record. The simple instrumental on “Massive” makes for an effective dance groove, but his singing is identical to what he was putting out a decade ago, and we’ve heard these mediocre melodies hundreds of times at this point. His rapping on “Sticky” is actually a highlight, but the pounding beat leaves him with nowhere to go. “Flight’s Booked” and “Overdrive” are fundamentally competent as well, but offer nothing new beyond their first 30 seconds.

The run between “Down Hill,” “Tie That Binds,” and “Liability” may be the most lifeless I’ve ever heard, and they essentially end the record. “Jimmy Cooks” is tacked on to ensure there’s at least one track here that goes viral, and while it is the best the album has to offer, it only further highlights the utter lack of variety that more features might have helped fix. Someone needed to hop on and change things up, because Drake himself simply refuses to.

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