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Take Care
     

Take Care

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by Drake
 

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After the huge commercial and artistic success of his last album, Thank Me Later, Drake threatened/promised that his next album would be a straight-up R&B record that forsook rapping for vocals. The plan fell through, but his 2011 album Take Care has the feel of a late-night R&B album, full of slow tempos, muted textures,

Overview

After the huge commercial and artistic success of his last album, Thank Me Later, Drake threatened/promised that his next album would be a straight-up R&B record that forsook rapping for vocals. The plan fell through, but his 2011 album Take Care has the feel of a late-night R&B album, full of slow tempos, muted textures, impassioned crooning, and an introspective tone that is only rarely punctured by aggressive tracks, boasts, and/or come-ons. For the most part, increased success hasn't done much to improve Drake's mood, as he details his failures at love, his worries about living a hollow life, and his general malaise. Drake's longtime producer/partner Noah "40" Shebib did most of the production work, and he surrounds Drake's voice with murky beats, layers of dusky synths, and moody guitars that fit Drake's voice perfectly; the two work together to create a thick mood of melancholy. When other producers take over, there is a definite shift in mood. Boi-1DA gives "Headlines" a jaunty synth line that Drake matches with his strongest rap, T-Minus brings some booty bass to the thoughtfully sexy Nicky Minaj feature "Make Me Proud," Just Blaze builds "Lord Knows" around some majestic samples that let Drake brag like a boss, and Chase N. Cashe take things one step further toward R&B by creating a late-night after-hours club feel on the bittersweet "Look What You've Done" (which features a phone message left for Drake by his grandmother). The album's most unique track, "Take Care," features Jamie Smith of the xx working with Shebib on an (almost) uptempo, (almost) danceable song that has a typically great vocal from Rihanna. The super-moody collaboration with the Weeknd on "Crew Love" is another highlight, though it does point out the problematic fact that the Weeknd beats Drake out in the vocal department. The collabo with the predictably brilliant André 3000 and Lil Wayne also point out Drake's shortcomings as a rapper. Though he drops the occasional line that dazzles ("All my exes live in Texas like I'm George Strait"), Drake is a middle-of-the-pack rapper at best. His true strength, as Take Care proves over and over, is his willingness to delve deeply into his emotions and the ability to transmit them in such a simple and real fashion that it's easy to connect with him even if your life isn't filled with glamorous exes, hangs with Stevie Wonder (who adds some harmonica to "Doing It Wrong"), and gold owls. It's an important achievement, and his success might mean that the world was ready for the first emo rapper. Thank Me Later hinted at it, but Take Care makes it plain. And while Take Care's charms may be a little more hidden, with a couple exceptions, than Thank Me Later's were, repeated plays reveal a record that is just as strong and more powerful emotionally. Don't play it at your next house party or DJ night; save it for later when you need something to get you through the rest of the night. [Take Care was also released in a clean version.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2011
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602527867946
catalogNumber:
001627802
Rank:
20598

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Drake   Primary Artist
Alvin Fields   Choir Director
Gil Scott-Heron   Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Ken Lewis   Choir Director
Chantal Kreviazuk   Piano,Vocals
Dylan Wissing   Drums
Adrian Eccleston   Guitar
Static Major   Background Vocals
Divine Brown   Background Vocals
Ebony Jackson   Choir, Chorus
Erika Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Chase N-Cashe   Musician
Jamie Smith   Musician
Romy Madley Croft   Guitar
Noah Shebib   Bass,Keyboards,Musician
T-Minus   Musician
Tammy Infusino   Choir, Chorus
Chilly Gonzales   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes
Matthew Samuels   Musician
Nikhil   Synthesizer
Weeknd   Background Vocals,Musician
John Morgan   Choir, Chorus
Jawan Peacock   Piano,Background Vocals
Isaiah Raheem   Choir, Chorus
Evelyn "Bubu" Sher   Background Vocals
Carmen Roman   Choir, Chorus
Bonnie Artis   Choir, Chorus
Alyse Barnhill   Choir, Chorus
Wado Brown   Organ
Taylor Hill   Choir, Chorus
Syren Lyric Muse   Vocals
Rose Hart   Choir, Chorus
Roman Marshall   Choir, Chorus
William World   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Ken Lewis   Engineer,Instrumentation
Bateman   System Engineer
Chantal Kreviazuk   Producer
J. Smith   Producer
Ruben Rivera   Engineer
John Holmes   Engineer
Brent Kolatalo   Engineer,Instrumentation
Ariel Chobaz   Engineer
Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee   Composer,Producer
Chase N-Cashe   Producer
Jamie Smith   Producer
Noah Shebib   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Additional Production
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Producer,Executive Producer
M. McKinney   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
T-Minus   Producer
Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams   Executive Producer
Michael "Banger" Cadahia   Engineer
Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams   Executive Producer
Gee Roberson   Executive Producer
Oliver El-Khatib   Executive Producer
Noel Cadastre   Engineer
Cortez Bryant   Executive Producer
Matthew Samuels   Composer,Producer
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali   Engineer
Weeknd   Producer
Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese   Producer,Engineer
Martin "Drop" Wong   Artwork
Doc McKinney   Producer,Engineer

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Take Care 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
YMCMB___ More than 1 year ago
great CD
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i love drake his music touchs my heart and all of his songs have a meaning i can relate to we are going to get married one day i love him !:)buy it so when he dies all his money well be for me and our three little one!!!:) #rks my niggs ps- we getting started tonight on nikkis bed!!! and wayne is recording while rick ross is serving us food like a boss SSWWAAGG
Rey_Rey More than 1 year ago
I reallly like this CD it has smooth beats and some sweet camioes from young money favorites like Rick Ross, N Minaj and of course Lil Wayne in HYFR wich is more of a Lil Wayne song with an intro from Drake. If you like Drake and the YMCMB you will definetly like this album.
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