Wheelchair Jimmy from “Degrassi” is all grown up. On Nov. 15, Drake released his highly anticipated sophomore album “Take Care.” After postponing the album from its original Oct. 24 release date, it has finally become available for all the world to hear.
The tone of the album reflects Drake’s debut release, “Thank me Later.” The majority of the tracks are very R&B oriented and many of the songs are about his relationships with women. However, when Drake does rap, it is extremely well-executed and shows great progress from the already extraordinary “Thank Me Later.” The album’s weakest qualities are the extraneous artists that have features on Drake’s songs. Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj add nothing to the album, and all of the songs that they are featured on could have benefited from an additional Drake verse.
A perfect example of an unnecessary feature is “HYFR” with Lil’ Wayne. Lil’ Wayne is so prominent on this track that the song may have been better off on “Tha Carter IV.” “Weezy’s wheezy voice does nothing but take away from the album’s previously established tranquility.
On the contrary, “Look What You’ve Done” is the album’s most emotionally driven song. It focuses on Drake’s love-hate relationship with his mother and the problems that they have endured. The piano complements his voice perfectly and sets the mood for the song as one that is both reminiscent and celebratory.
Listen to this album, and I guarantee that it will become a staple for any late-night car ride.