Even on the love-involved song “From Time” he does not alienate the listener with warbling saturated with sappiness and desperation, but paints a more realistic picture of love. He does not talk about ex-girlfriends finding the right guy, but the harsh realities of loving someone while being obscenely wealthy. His experiences parallel the trials and tribulations that relationships of commoners go through, making the song very heartfelt. His flow is very fast and passionate, and very good. Also, Jhene Aiko delivers a gorgeous vocal melody that compliments the simple and touching piano-heavy beat.
There are other love songs on the album that share the same good qualities of “From Time,” or at least have other good qualities that make up for the corniness. For example, the hit single “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” retains that signature Drake sappiness from past projects, but sports a fantastic disco-and-New-Wave-inspired beat, not to mention Drake’s much improved singing voice.
Drake shows that he can be a very respectable musician; however, there are tracks on this project that prevent the album from being fantastic. Other than Drake’s still-persistent reliance on unrealistic love affairs (for the regular people, at least) in songs like “305 To My City,” he still has songs about brag gin. Not as much, but he still does it. On “Paris Morton Music,” he talks about cars and the usual profligate imagery, and the nail in the coffin isn’t even Drake…it’s Jay-Z. Nobody wants to hear about how rich Jay-Z is anymore, nor do they care about how he says he’s wealthy. This plagues his music still, and I’m done with that.
The Pros outweigh the Cons on this project though, and it just goes to show that Drake can do it. He can be diverse, have good flow, and be interesting. He did on this project…but does he want to do it? I think he does, and he dabbles in the water of reality and honesty on this one. Not bad, Aubrey, not bad at all.
PRETTY NEAT MUSIC