Views by Drake
Drake’s first studio album in three years, Views follows the release of his hit singles including ‘Hotline Bling’, arguably the biggest and best song of 2015; ‘One Dance’ featuring Wizkid and Kyla; and ‘Pop Style’ featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West as The Throne. Drake has also featured on Rihanna’s Anti track ‘Work’ and Future collaboration mixtape What A Time To Be Alive featuring ‘Jumpman’. With such exceptional content released in the lead-up to the artist’s fourth studio album, fans and critics alike had hopes so high you’d have to park yourself atop the CN Tower to reach them. So that’s what Aubrey Graham, a.k.a Drake, did.
Noteworthy tracks include ‘Keep the Family Close’ and ‘9’, for their phenomenal production, and always cool vocal performances; ‘U With Me?’, ‘Hype’, ‘Redemption’ and ‘Summers Over Interlude’ for their pure sentiment; and finally the absolute stand out tracks are ‘Childs Play’, ‘Too Good’ featuring Rihanna, and of course, ‘Hotline Bling’.
Despite having to compete with the surprise release of Beyonce’s explosive album Lemonade on Tidal, just days before Views’ set release date on Apple Music, Drake outshone ‘Queen Bey’. While Lemonade has a few great songs, it’s simply an overall okay album, whereas Views features one certified hit after the next. Every song on the album is outstanding in its own right. Views is a revelation. With unbeatable lyrics and get-stuck-in-your-head beats, it’s the kind of album that sucks you out of your everyday life and into its world — whether that’s the 6 or the 9, you decide.
I give Views four-and-a-half stars out of a possible five, and a prayer hands emoji. In Drake’s own words, Views is “already a classic”.
Review by Scarlette Baum