After Certified Lover Boy, it’s obvious that this record will receive major hate no matter what. Many people claim that Drake has been making the same type of music since Views, but no one has that unique sound that Drake brings to the table. Although this record doesn’t sound iconic, it has a charm. Hear me out.
Despite the track Currents, which is absolutely hilarious, Drake’s production always sounds rich. He never fails to keep me engaged despite having simple verses. The club sound reminds me a lot of Dawn FM, but it’s obviously different in many ways. Abel has a much stronger singing voice, so that balances with the rich production. Drake’s ability to rap and sing works well with the production in particular on this record.
Intro got me into the Drake element right away. The jump scare into the second track was an interesting choice, but that’s just how it is. Falling Back is long, but after listening a second time, it doesn’t bother me whatsoever. The transition into Texts Go Green made me think of Dawn FM right away. The barking was a bit strange, especially because he’s a grown man, but the song is pretty good as a whole. It reminds me a lot of the More Life sound, and that’s my favorite Drake album, so this was absolutely enjoyable for me. Currents is a meme. The Billy Bounce bed squeaking noise is so funny, but Drake does his thing, and it sounds rich as always, so I’m not complaining. When I was a minute into A Keeper, I started to realize that this was the vibe that the whole record would stick to, and I was fine with some of the tracks sounding the same. Calling My Name is the first track that I genuinely thought he was taking it 100% seriously. Then halfway through I was laughing so hard when I heard those saturated vocals. Idk what he was going for, but it’s funny, and that’s better than boring. Sticky was the first rap heavy track. Drake sounds like he’s in his comfort zone. Whatever those beautiful sounds are in the background of the beginning of the track are pure gold. Massive had me excited for the rest of the record, as the past 2 tracks were great as well. Massive seems like a successful use of a Calvin Harris type beat. Despite the track changing multiple times, Drake is having fun, and he’s in his feels. He pulls off setting both tones in the same track extremely well. Drake is back in his feels on Flight’s Booked. Not much has changed, but the cohesion is great. It doesn’t seem like a bunch of tracks thrown together in a random order. Overdrive and Down Hill both pull off the fun and sad tones. Tie That Binds has a guitar that Drake has never really tried to work with, so this is a first for him. His vocals sink into the production, creating a transcendental experience. Liability is the perfect example of that. If you’re looking for bars or an insane beat drop, you’re going to be disappointed. Just zone out and enjoy it for what it is. Jimmy Cook’s is the only “Drake” track on this record to be completely honest. Drake and 21 sound just as hungry as they were on Knife Talk. This was a perfect way for the album to close. After 13 chill club songs, this track had me sitting up. The beat switch was great as well. Both parts of the song were equally strong.
I don’t care that the ratings are low. I don’t care that this album is going to be hated all over social media. This is great. It’s hard to say where this will rank in Drake’s discography, but time will tell. For the time being, I’m happy with this record.