Drake’s new album is ‘Views.’ Formerly titled ‘Views from the 6,’ the long-awaited album is now out and streaming, and the critics are having their say on the Canadian rapper’s fourth studio album. Check out a roundup of reviews and listen to the audio stream right here.
Unlike Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade,’ we knew that Drake’s new album was on the way. We’ve known this for a very long time. We’ve known and we’ve waited and waited — nearly two years, actually, as it was first announced way back in July 2014 — and we’ve been teased with mixtapes (‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ and ‘What a Time to Be Alive’) and more recently, with trailers and at the last minute a title change.
All the while, the view counts on ‘Hotline Bling,’ the Toronto MC’s ubiquitous and much parodied international hit keep racking up, rapidly approaching 700 million, more than twice the population of the U.S. and close to that of India.
But at last, we have Drake’s ‘Views’ and it’s streaming on Apple Music and you can listen below. It’s a massive 20-track album (full track listing below) with many guest artists including Rihanna, Future, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Pimp C, and dvsn. Numbering among those tracks are eh aforementioned ‘Hotline Bling’ along with his other smash hits, ‘Pop Style’ (in a new version sans Kanye West and Jay Z) and the current hit ‘One Dance,’ which features WizKid and Kyla and is likely to become one of the smash hits of the summer.
Now, that the full album is out, after a live streaming event, the music critics are now weighing in on the much awaited and re-titled album. Here’s what they’re saying.
“…..A lot to take in at 9am in the morning (20 tracks), but a solid album. Definitely less dancefloor-orientated than his recent efforts, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tracks I immediately want to listen to again: ‘9’, ‘Hype’, ‘Grammys’, ‘Still Here’, ‘With You’, ‘Fire & Desire’, ‘Views’. Only gripe – this doesn’t feel like a huge step forward or progression in Drake’s sound. If anything you could imagine Views sitting chronologically between Take Care and Nothing was the Same……” — The Independent
“….For one, it’s a much more chilled-out effort than expected, hewing closer to 2011’s sensitive Take Care than the chest-thumping bombast of buzz single Summer Sixteen (surprisingly not included here, despite naming his tour for it). Clocking in at 20 songs and nearly an hour and a half, Views is equal parts intriguing and lethargic — overstuffed and at times repetitive, but elevated by mesmerizing production and some of Drizzy’s strongest vocals to date…..” –USA TODAY
“….On first listen, it’s Drake’s most diverse and all-encompassing record to date, combining all the elements he’s showcased before it: straight-up rap next to moody R&B, boastful while introspective. It’s pretty much the whole spectrum of Drake….” — NME
“….At the center of it all is, of course, Aubrey Drake Graham, whose place at the height of the music world seems secure for now. Given all the resources he has, the album may have been too big to fail, but he’s still maintained enough of his unique talent that it’s unlikely anyone could have done it better…..” — Consequence of Sound
“….Too much of a good thing can indeed still be too much. Bulk is really the only thing holding Drizzy’s fourth album proper, VIEWS – a.k.a “the album formerly known as Views from the 6” – back from “great” to “very good.” At 20 tracks and 82 minutes, it’s maybe too much to absorb to pass proper judgment upon after just three spins undertaken during the wee hours of Friday morning on the heels of Drake’s Apple Music-exclusive VIEWS premiere and live interview with Beats 1 Radio presenter Zane Lowe late Thursday night. Nonetheless, after those three spins, it’s safe to say that VIEWS could use an edit or two; it simply throws a bit too much at you, too waywardly and occasionally with a somewhat contradictory whiff of the incomplete, in the mid-section that quite doesn’t see the epic, Kendrick-esque muso-narrative arc implied by its soulful, instrumentally ornate bookends “Keep the Family Close” and “Views” through as you might hope……” — Toronto Sun
“….With this late-April release of Views, Drake has more or less officially solidified “One Dance” as the Song of the Summer 2016 with the track feeling like the more danceable version of his Rihanna-featuring “Take Care.” While the slightly dancehall-inspired, sorta house-inspired cut might boast that cringe-worthy moment when Drizzy adopts a fake patois (“when you get the text, ree-plyy meh,” he tries on the second verse), it more importantly indicates Drake still is looking for more sonic spaces to conquer. Summer ’16’s looking very melancholy and very danceable…..” — Fuse
Here’s the Track list
01. Keep the Family Close (prod. by Maneesh)
02. 9 (prod. by Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da)
03. U With Me? (prod. by Kanye West and Noah “40” Shebib)
04. Feel No Ways (prod. by Jordan Ullman of Majid Jordan)
05. Hype (prod. by Boi-1da and nineteen85)
06. Weston Road Flows (prod. by Noah “40” Shebib)
07. Redemption (prod. by Noah “40” Shebib)
08. With You (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR) (prod. by Murda Beatz)
09. Faithful (feat. Pimp C and dvsn) (prod. by Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da)
10. Still Here (prod. by Daxz and Noah “40” Shebib)
11. Controlla (prod. by Boi-1da)
12. One Dance (feat. Kyla and WizKid) (prod. by nineteen85, Noah “40” Shebib, and WizKid)
13. Grammys (feat. Future) (prod. by Noah “40” Shebib)
14. Childs Play (prod. by Noah “40” Shebib)
15. Pop Style
16. Too Good (feat. Rihanna) (prod. by nineteen85)
17. Summer Over Interlude (prod. by Maneesh)
18. Fire & Desire (prod. by Noah “40” Shebib)
19. Views (prod. by Maneesh)
20. Hotline Bling (Bonus) (prod. by nineteen85)
Critics have had their say even as the world is listening in. The long, long wait is over! You can stream the album below and see the Drake ‘Views’ album cover and video below.
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