Recording information: Blast Off Studios, New York, NY; Coma Sound, Toronto, ON; Conway Studios, Hollywood, CA; Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA; Marvin's Room, Hollywood, CA; Metalworks Studios, Toronto, ON; Never Never Land Studios, Toronto, ON; Nightbird Studios, Hollywood, CA; Setai Recording Studio, Miami< FL; Sterling Road Studios, Toronto, ON; Studio 306, Toronto, ON; The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; TreeSound Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Photographers: Hyghly Alleyne; Lamar Taylor.
After becoming one of the decade's biggest newcomers with his 2010 debut, hip-hop star Drake makes a fast return with this sophomore album, released a year-and-a-half after the platinum-selling Thank Me Later. Although Take Care builds off the brainy, dynamic, hip-hop template that Thank Me Later established, it also features more guest spots than its predecessor, with artists like the Weeknd, Stevie Wonder, Rick Ross and Rihanna also making cameo appearances. The real star is Drake, who balances the heavy set list with self-aware witticisms and a sharp, measured delivery.
Rolling Stone (pp.99-100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Mostly, Drake stretches out over languid, austerely plus tracks that blur hip-hop, R&B and downtempo dance music."
Rolling Stone (p.70) - Ranked #22 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "TAKE CARE soars because his appetite for pop emotion is even bigger than his booty-craving."
Spin (p.42) - Ranked #22 in Spin's 'The Top 40 Albums Of 2011' -- "[A] morosely beautiful, devastatingly earnest soft-rap epic bemoaning empty hedonism, with deep-space R&B beats backing cameos both hilarious and bracingly dour."
Over My Dead Body
Shot for Me
Crew Love - (featuring The Weekend)
Marvins Room/Buried Alive Interlude
Under Ground Kings
We'll Be Fine - (featuring Birdman)
Make Me Proud - (featuring Nicki Minaj)
Cameras/Good Ones Go Interlude
Doing It Wrong
Real Her, The - (featuring Lil Wayne/Andr? 3000)
Look What You've Done
HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right) - (featuring Lil Wayne)