Review: Drake – Nothing Was The Same

Music, Newness, Review

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Drake‘s third studio album Nothing Was The Same is out, and it’s had quite a backing from fellow muso’s. Jhené Aiko‘s done a little bit of promo since she’s on the album, and Tyler, The Creator’s taken a series of photos of his Drake album ‘eating a sandwich’ and ‘riding a skateboard’ as would be expected in Tyler’s typically quirky fashion. There are a lot of others backing the album, but it all really comes down to what we hear when we play it, and if we actually like it or not.

It seems as though the album’s really getting the ladies, which is no surprise when it comes to Drake; some of the gents I’ve come across feel as though the album has ‘too much singing’ and not enough bangers. I suppose you could count ‘Started From The Bottom’ as a banger of sorts, but I understand what they mean. There was the anticipation that there would be an unreleased banger to really set off the album. Drake’s really about his sentimental take on his own music as we know, so there aren’t really any surprises. The album is easy to listen to without a doubt, but it does leave us hanging a little bit. This doesn’t discredit the album though, because there are songs that are prevalent:

‘Too Much’ featuring British artist Sampha is a gripping track; where Drake’s focus on family, friends, promoting positivity and the success of his loved ones speaks volumes. The whole song has so much heart and admissions about the ones close to him. He raps – “My uncle used to have all these things on his bucket list/ And now he’s acting like, oh, well, this is life, I guess, “Nah, fuck that shit/ Listen man, you can still do what you wanna do, you gotta trust that shit”. Drake takes us into a world that a lot of us can truly relate to. Sometimes when you’re knocked down and you’ve had many plans that eventually end up in smoke, it not only gets you down, but those around you as well. On Nothing Was The Same, Drake is that friend, sibling, child or partner we might have — that one who tries to pry you out the pit of your biggest fears and convinces you it’ll be okay. Each song on the album would likely have a feeling that certain listeners can relate to. Drake’s features were also a nice addition, having Jay-Z join him on ‘Pound Cake’, Jhené Aiko on ‘From Time’ and Detail on ‘305 To My City’. 

While it feels as though this isn’t Drake’s best project, it’s still an album that people can chill to. There was so much build up towards the record that we may have expected more surprises than what we got. Perhaps the fourth studio album will fill the void? We’ll see.

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