In indie circles, R&B has long been stigmatised – sickly sweet vocals and dry humping inanimate objects not being in keeping with the ethos of the asymmetrically fringed masses. Drake has completely transcended any such snobbery with a delicate, mellifluous sound and unashamedly candid, emotive lyrics.

Album Review Drake - 'Take Care'
The half-Jewish Canadian – who played a wheelchair-bound student in TV teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation until 2009 – is clearly not your typical rap/R&B star. On his US chart-topping debut, last year’s ‘Thank Me Later’, he unleashed a lifetime’s worth of angst, becrying his lovelorn mental state.

Take Care’, his highly anticipated follow-up, begins in a more assertive mood, with the rapper declaring that he “killed everybody in the game last year” on opener ‘Over My Dead Body’. Success can breed arrogance but the platinum-selling artist’s braggadocio is suffused with melancholia. “I might be too strung out on compliments/Overdosed on confidence” he laments on lolloping lead single ‘Headlines’.

His lingua franca of heartbreak soon bleeds through on ‘Marvins Room’ as he tries to win over a girl he knows is out of reach. “Talk to me please, don’t have much to believe in/Need you right now, are you down to listen to me?” he sings down the phone, sounding totally crestfallen.

Album Info

  • Release Date: November 14, 2011
  • Producer: Boi-1da, Cortez Bryant, Chase N. Cashe, Illangelo, Jamie xx, Just Blaze, Kromatik, Lil Wayne, Doc McKinney, Gee Roberson, Noah “40″ Shebib, Supa Dups, T-Minus, The Weeknd
  • Label: Young Money/Cash Money/Island
  • Fact: The album was mainly recorded in Drake’s hometown Toronto