Posts Tagged ‘sophomore album’

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.

-A.J. Allen

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Ever since the release of his mixtape “The Eleven One Eleven Theory,” Wale fans have been patiently waiting for Nov. 1, 2011 and the consequential release of Wale’s second studio album, “Ambition.” Fans should be pleased and relieved to hear that the feature-heavy sophomore album does not disappoint.

The album opens with the arrogant artist’s premature mandate “Don’t Hold Your Applause.” Before the album even has a change to begin, Wale highlights why his prior accomplishments are worthy of joyous praise, attempting to qualify his statements with the line, “I know I’m kind of vain, but what ill n***a isn’t.” The initial tone that Wale establishes at the beginning of the album prevails throughout the entirety of the album, with a few exceptional humble tracks.

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Not to double post on ya’ll, but this was necessary.  A few weeks ago, I spoke about my excitement for the release of Florence and the Machine’s second album “Ceremonials” and it was finally released on November 1.  

I have already listened to the album in its entirety several times.  “Ceremonials”  has the same F+TM feel as their debut album “Lungs,” but it seems to have a stronger sense of maturity.  The songs have a depth to them that isn’t as apparent on “Lungs.”

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