Sunday, March 29, 2015

Drake- If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015)

Why did I review the album?  Was working on another album review when I found out this came out and immediately listened
Did I like it? No
Will I listen again? To select songs
I don’t like this album which shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve read any of my previous rap album reviews. It’s an album full of chopped rapping that I’m not a fan of. The only exceptions are the last three tracks. So I’ll sum up my review of the first 14 tracks like this: Given my preferences, I was never going to like this offering. It’s a shame too because some of the songs has some potentially great content, but I was so distracted by the delivery that I couldn’t get as invested as I wanted to. As I review this album though I’d be remiss not to bring up one last point. During the song From Time Drake talks about doing something more with music. i.e. “ I want to take it deeper than money, P****, vacation.” I inferred from that line that he’d like to experiment and see how much further he can push himself and the music industry. This album is an exercise of that wish.
I feel the same way about this album as I did with Jay-Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail. There is a trend in the industry and rather than be swept away by sticking to norms, they agree to adapt and change.  As a person that asks artist to experiment, I can’t penalize him completely when he tries. I don’t like it, but I do understand why it was done and contend that it does hold some value.
My Favs
3. 6PM in New York
2.  Jungle
1.  You & the 6

Overall Rating: 1.5 of 5 spins