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DRAKE - MORE LIFE (ALBUM)
Label:Digital Distribution Trinidad /universal Music Group
Entry:12/2017 (Position 7)
Last week in charts:19/2017 (Position 13)
Peak:6 (2 weeks)
Weeks:8
Place on best of all time:1289 (333 points)
Year:2017
World wide:
ch  Peak: 4 / weeks: 6
de  Peak: 7 / weeks: 9
at  Peak: 9 / weeks: 3
fr  Peak: 14 / weeks: 4
nl  Peak: 3 / weeks: 9
be  Peak: 6 / weeks: 9 (Vl)
  Peak: 17 / weeks: 7 (Wa)
se  Peak: 3 / weeks: 8
fi  Peak: 6 / weeks: 8
no  Peak: 2 / weeks: 8
dk  Peak: 2 / weeks: 7
it  Peak: 14 / weeks: 3
es  Peak: 42 / weeks: 2
pt  Peak: 15 / weeks: 2
au  Peak: 2 / weeks: 6
nz  Peak: 3 / weeks: 8

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TRACKS
02/06/2017
CD Universal 060255757942 (UMG) / EAN 0602557579420
   

12/2017: N 7.
13/2017: 6.
14/2017: 6.
15/2017: 8.
16/2017: 7.
17/2017: 13.
18/2017: 15.
19/2017: 13.
MUSIC DIRECTORY
DrakeDrake: Discography / Become a fan
DRAKE IN FINNISH CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Hotline Bling45/2015145
Work (Rihanna feat. Drake)07/2016104
One Dance (Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla)17/2016210
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
If You're Reading This It's Too Late08/2015302
Views18/2016240
More Life12/201768
SONGS BY DRAKE
0 To 100 / The Catch Up
100 (The Game feat. Drake)
30 For 30 Freestyle
305 To My City (Drake feat. Detail)
4 My Town (Play Ball) (Birdman feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
4422 (Drake feat. Sampha)
6 God
6 Man
6PM In New York
9
9AM In Dallas
All Me (Drake feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)
Amen (Meek Mill feat. Drake)
Aston Martin Music (Rick Ross feat. Drake & Chrisette Michele)
Back On Road (Gucci Mane feat. Drake)
Back To Back
Believe Me (Lil Wayne feat. Drake)
Best I Ever Had
Big Rings (Drake & Future)
Bitches Love Me (Lil Wayne feat. Future & Drake)
Blem
Blessings (Big Sean feat. Drake)
Both (Gucci Mane feat. Drake)
Cabaret (Justin Timberlake feat. Drake)
Cameras
Can't Have Everything
Cece's Interlude
Champion (Nicki Minaj feat. Nas, Drake & Young Jeezy)
Change Locations (Drake & Future)
Charged Up
Childs Play
Come Closer (Wizkid feat. Drake)
Come Thru
Company (Drake feat. Travi$ Scott)
Connect
Controlla
Crew Love (Drake feat. The Weeknd)
Da Da Dada (Drake feat. Lil Wayne & Game)
Days In The East
Destiny (Drake feat. André 3000)
Diamonds Dancing (Drake & Future)
Diced Pineapples (Rick Ross feat. Wale & Drake)
Digital Dash (Drake & Future)
DnF (P. Reign feat. Drake & Future)
Do Not Disturb
Doing It Wrong
D-Town (Drake feat. André 3000)
Energy
Enough Said (Aaliyah feat. Drake)
F**kin' Problems (A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
Faithful (Drake feat. Pimp C and DVSN)
Fake Love
Fall For Your Type
Fall For Your Type (Jamie Foxx feat. Drake)
Fancy (Drake feat. T.I. & Swizz Beatz)
Fed Up (DJ Khaled feat. Usher, Drake, Young Jeezy & Rick Ross)
Feel Love (Sean Garrett feat. Drake)
Feel No Ways
Find Your Love
Fire & Desire
Fireworks (Drake feat. Alicia Keys)
For Free (DJ Khaled feat. Drake)
Forever (Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem)
Free Smoke
From Time (Drake feat. Jhene Aiko)
Furthest Thing
Get It Together (Drake feat. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith)
Girls Love Beyoncé (Drake feat. James Fauntleroy)
Glow (Drake feat. Kanye West)
Gonorrhea (Lil Wayne feat. Drake)
Good Girls Go Bad (Game feat. Drake)
Grammys (Drake feat. Future)
Grindin (Lil Wayne feat. Drake)
Gyalchester
Hate Sleeping Alone
Headlines
Hold On, We're Going Home (Drake feat. Majid Jordan)
Hotline Bling
How About Now
HYFR (Hell Ya Fuckin' Right) (Drake feat. Lil Wayne)
Hype
I Do It (2 Chainz feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
I Invented Sex (Trey Songz feat. Drake)
Ice Melts (Drake feat. Young Thug)
I'm Going In (Drake Feat. Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy)
I'm On One (DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)
I'm Single (Lil Wayne feat. Drake)
I'm The Plug (Drake & Future)
In The Morning (J. Cole feat. Drake)
It's Good (Lil Wayne feat. Jadakiss & Drake)
Jorja Interlude
Jumpman (Drake & Future)
Jungle
Karaoke
Keep The Family Close
KMT (Drake feat. Giggs)
Know Yourself
Legend
Light Up (Drake feat. Jay-Z)
Live For (The Weeknd feat. Drake)
Live From The Gutter (Drake & Future)
Look What You've Done
Lord Knows (Drake feat. Rick Ross)
Lose You
Love Me (Lil Wayne feat. Drake & Future)
Loving You No More (DiddyDirtyMoney feat. Drake)
Madiba Riddim
Madonna
Make Me Proud (Drake feat. Nicki Minaj)
Marvins Room
Mine (Beyoncé & Drake)
Miss Me (Drake feat. Lil Wayne)
Mo Milly (Birdman feat. Drake & Bun B)
Moment 4 Life (Nicki Minaj feat. Drake)
Money To Blow (Birdman feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
Mr. Wrong (Mary J Blige feat. Drake)
My Love (Majid Jordan feat. Drake)
My Side
Never Satisfied (Future feat. Drake)
No Frauds (Nicki Minaj, Drake & Lil Wayne)
No Guns Allowed (Snoop Lion feat. Drake & Cori B)
No Lie (2 Chainz feat. Drake)
No Long Talk (Drake feat. Giggs)
No New Friends (DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)
No Shopping (French Montana feat. Drake)
No Tellin'
Nothings Into Somethings
Now & Forever
Odio (Romeo Santos feat. Drake)
Off That (Jay-Z + Drake)
Ojuelegba (Wizkid feat. Drake & Skepta)
On My Way (Drake feat. James Fauntleroy)
One Dance (Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
Only (Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown)
Over
Over My Body
Over My Dead Body
Own It
Passionfruit
Plastic Bag (Drake & Future)
Poetic Justice (Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake)
Pop Style (Drake feat. The Throne)
Pop That (French Montana feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne)
Poppin Bottles (T.I. feat. Drake)
Portland (Drake feat. Quavo & Travis Scott)
Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2 (Drake feat. Jay-Z)
Practice
Preach (Drake feat. PartyNextDoor)
Put It Down (Bun B feat. Drake)
R.I.C.O. (Meek Mill feat. Drake)
Redemption
Right Above It (Lil Wayne feat. Drake)
Right Hand
Right Here (Justin Bieber feat. Drake)
Sacrifices (Drake feat. 2 Chainz & Young Thug)
Say Something (Timbaland with Drake)
Scholarships (Drake & Future)
She Will (Lil Wayne feat. Drake)
Shot For Me
Show Me A Good Time
Shut It Down (Drake feat. The Dream)
Since Way Back (Drake feat. PartyNextDoor)
Skepta Interlude
Sneakin' (Drake feat. 21 Savage)
Star67
Started From The Bottom
Stay Schemin (Rick Ross feat. Drake & French Montana)
Still Got It (Tyga feat. Drake)
Still Here
Successful (Drake feat. Trey Songz)
Summer Sixteen
Summers Over Interlude
Sunflower (Lenny Kravitz feat. Drake)
Sweeterman
Take Care (Drake feat. Rihanna)
Teenage Fever
Ten Bands
Thank Me Now
The Language
The Motion (Drake feat. Sampha)
The Motto (Drake feat. Lil Wayne)
The One (Mary J Blige feat. Drake)
The Real Her (Drake feat. Lil' Wayne & Andre 3000)
The Resistance
The Ride
The Winner
The Zone (The Weeknd feat. Drake)
Tony Montana (Future feat. Drake)
Too Good (Drake feat. Rihanna)
Too Much (Drake feat. Sampha)
Trophies (Young Money feat. Drake)
Trophies
Truffle Butter (Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
Trust Issues
Tuesday (I Love Makonnen feat. Drake)
Tuscan Leather
Two Birds, One Stone
U With Me?
Under Ground Kings
Unforgettable (Drake feat. Young Jeezy)
Unusual (Trey Songz feat. Drake)
Up All Night (Drake feat. Nicki Minaj)
Used To (Drake feat. Lil Wayne)
Used To This (Future feat. Drake)
Versace (Migos feat. Drake, Meek Mill & Tyga)
Views
Wednesday Night Interlude (Drake feat. PartyNextDoor)
We'll Be Fine (Drake feat. Birdman)
Weston Road Flows
What's My Name? (Rihanna feat. Drake)
Where Ya At (Future feat. Drake)
Who Do You Love? (YG feat. Drake)
Why You Always Hatin? (YG feat. Drake & Kamaiyah)
With You (Drake feat. PartyNextDoor)
With You (Lil Wayne feat. Drake)
Work (Rihanna feat. Drake)
Worst Behavior
Wu-Tang Forever
You & The 6
ALBUMS BY DRAKE
Back On Road (Gucci Mane & Drake)
If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Legacy
More Life
Nothing Was The Same
Now We Here
October's Very Own
So Far Gone
Take Care
Thank Me Later
The Gift Without A Curse
U Know It's Real
Views
What A Time To Be Alive (Drake & Future)
Yolo
Young & Successful
Young Money Generalz (Drake / Lil Wayne)
DVDS BY DRAKE
Evolution
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 2.5 (Reviews: 4)
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Free Smoke ***
No Long Talk ***
Passionfruit ***

Get It Together *** *
Madiba Riddim ***
Blem ***
4422 ***
Gyalchester ***

Portland ***
Sacrifices **
Nothings Into Somethings ***
Teenage Fever ***
Kmt ***
Lose You ***
Can't Have Everything ***
Glow ***
Since Way Back **
Fake Love ***
Ice Melts ***
Do Not Disturb ***

2.95 - 3*

Letzte Woche kam aus dem Nichts schon wieder ein neues Drake-Album raus, welches zwar als 'Playlist' angepriesen wird, aber streng genommen doch nichts anderes als ein ganz normales Album ist. Dass darauf genau 22 Tracks sind ist auch kein Zufall, den damit könnte er der Künstler mit den meisten US Hot 100 Entries in einer Woche/von einem Album werden.

Während ich den Hype um Ed Sheeran komplett verstehe und ich es schön finde, dass er die Charts so mit Tracks überflutet, hört mein Verständnis bei Drake auf. Viele Songs auf "More Life" plätschert einfach vor sich hin, wie man es von Drake schon gewohnt ist. Aber vielleicht ist das auch sein Geheimrezept? Es sind Songs, die man auf Spotify & Co. im Hintergrund laufen lassen kann, ohne gross gestört zu werden, und so hat er eben auch viele Streams... bei mir klappt das nur bedingt. Der Grossteil der Songs sind bei mir immerhin im knapp durchschnittlichen 3er Bereich, nur "Get It Together" sticht leicht hervor, vielleicht auch noch "Passionfruit". Sonst ein recht langweiliges Werk, welches zudem deutlich schwächer als "Views" ist.
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Wat een matige plaat! Logisch dat je met dit soort nummers niet durft op te treden.
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VRESELIJK.
Dit zal snel weer voorbij zijn.
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There is a term in finance called “the law of diminishing returns”, and, were it put into musical terms, I feel it is a term that applies to Drake. Drake was a breath of fresh air when he first started making waves around 2009, and there was something appealing about his moody introspection. But now, having reached his fifth studio album (and that isn’t even to mention his five mixtapes and two projects as part of Young Money), the appeal that was there to begin with has, as the term suggests, diminished.

Now, you may ask, if that is the case, then isn’t any artist that has been around for the same time (or even longer) a victim of this too? To that, I say no. Because really, and this may just be me, but I’m not seeing any development from him as an artist. I can’t really find much to distinguish many of his albums from one another, and if I were to return to his older albums, I don’t think I would see the original appeal of them simply due to his oversaturation in the music scene right now.

And that would almost be fine, but given how influential Drake is, every artist wants to sound like him. That isn’t Drake’s fault after all. I mean, who doesn’t want to jump on an easily reproducible sound that is big in the current moment? But the thing is, to be a truly great artist, you have to keep reinventing yourself. Perhaps not everyone I should say, there are some artists who have such an iconic sound that they can get away with repetition. Drake, though, isn’t one of those artists. There’s nothing particularly amazing about his sound, which means that he is a guy that would have to change his sound up to be remembered as a truly great artist a decade or so after he has finished making music. But his stubbornness in keeping to this sound (which is understandable given the continuing success he has had) means he’s back there with the rest of the pack, with nothing to tell him apart other than name value.

Maybe if there is one album of his that stands out from the rest, it would be “Views”, his album prior to this one. The reason that one stands out to me though is a negative one – the lyrics. Oh boy, you should have listened to some of the bars he dropped on that one, even the most dedicated Drake fans couldn’t forgive them. There is “Chaining Tatum” to the “Chrysler and Bentley” line to the “Cheesecake Factory” story, and there’s so much more.

And the worst thing of all is that he was saying it with a straight face as if this was really serious to him. At least when someone like Macklemore is being corny, he completely owns it, but it sounds like some of the cringeworthy lines he dropped on “Views” he thought were absolute fire.

The music on "Views" is worthy of a mention as well. It was probably his most dull album in that sense, and there wasn’t all that much for me to get myself into. I actually enjoyed his dancehall songs the most from that album, “One Dance” and “Controlla”. But while Macklemore is still in your mind, that raises the question – why is Macklemore’s rapping cultural appropriation (a point which I definitely appreciate, but doesn’t really impact my view on his music), while the same people seem to let Drake’s use of Jamaican slide uncriticised? I’ve been reading about this a little recently, and while that whole topic is well beyond this review and I don’t give any answers here, it turns out, in Drake’s hometown of Toronto, “Caribbean culture has seeped into many aspects of mainstream language, food, and music” (https://genius.com/a/is-drake-s-dancehall-obsession-homage-or-exploitation). I won’t harp on about that too much though, because if it really is as prevalent in Toronto culture as I’ve read it is, then maybe he is just paying homage to it.

And that all leads us to this new album. Or mixtape. Or playlist. Honestly, I don’t know what it is, I’ve seen it marketed a few ways, but I’ll go with the latter. Nineteen85, who frequently works with Drake says “he’s [Drake's] trying to call it a playlist because he has a bunch of people in a space, hanging out…. He’s so aware of what everybody else is doing musically that he likes to introduce new music and new artists to the rest of the world” (https://genius.com/albums/Drake/More-life). Honestly, I’m not really seeing the difference between this and an album, other than maybe Drake’s PR team trying to spin that he is taking advantage of how people currently listen to music through streaming services and that this transcends a typical album and is changing the way we listen to music, or some crap like that.

And in reference to his use of Jamaican culture in his music, we have the title “More Life”, which is a song from dancehall artist Vybz Kartel. And it’s just great to see Drake shine a spotlight on lesser-known artists and give them some attention… *checks Vybz Kartel’s “More Life” streaming numbers on Spotify*… or not.

Having heard the song that, at least in some way, inspired this album, I can see a connection. The phrase “more life” is the first half of the Jamaican phrase “more life, more strength”, which is “a phrase used to wish someone well”. And I can see how this threads through the album, giving it a concept of a vague sort.

And, pretty much as expected, “More Life” is a step up from “Views”.

But elsewhere though, I’m not seeing the appeal of what turned out being a very average album.

I mean, I see some potential here. I think it has all the hallmarks of being a good album without actually being one. You have a more cohesive “storyline” (for lack of a better word), some features from highly esteemed artists (the Sampha and Young Thug features really caught my eye on the first look at the track listing) and the album is “serious” in a way, or to phrase it another way, he was trying to deliver a message with it. But it never gets there.

And before we go further, I can see why these featuring artists are needed, and that is because he seems so desperately out of ideas at this point that he needs to bring some other people along to add some new perspective to his droning.

For many of the songs here, I just don’t have all that much to say about them just because there are so many tracks that lack a standout quality.

We get an unexpected intro on “Free Smoke”, a brag track which I can’t take all that seriously because he keeps saying “Free Shmoke” in the chorus with an “h”. You could call that a minor thing to fuss over, but it is stuck right there in the chorus so you have to go through it a couple of times. There are some decent bars here which cast a light on his public life, but at this stage, this album/playlist feels like a mixtape in terms of vocal delivery.

“Passionfruit” sounds simple, almost like YouTube tutorial music (thanks to TheDoubleAgent for making that observation), albeit YouTube tutorial music with high-quality production values. It has a calming mood which the rest of the album strives for but just doesn’t achieve. I can see why it was made the lead single.

It also has a cool play on words, with the first three lines of the chorus using words which start with “pass”. The track overall isn’t setting my world on fire, but it is one of the highlights of the album.

It is nice to hear Sampha’s voice on “4422” (whose album I hope to review eventually), it is a voice that I would like to hear on more features. It’s just a shame that the rest of the song is as dull as a doorknob.

I’m happy when “Skepta Interlude” plays, because it feels like I’m listening to another (better) album at that point. It’s just a shame that it isn’t any longer.

And that really was a problem that by the halfway point of this album, it still hadn’t left any impression on me. It was just another instance of “okay, Drake is doing this again, going through the motions” and it just feels like a journey I had taken too many times before.

It was at this point where I had a look to see what was yet to come, and I remembered that the Young Thug features were yet to happen. I was looking forward to them because he tends to add a little lunacy to the songs he features on, but he is incredibly subdued on “Sacrifices”. He is almost indistinguishable from Drake here, and it is almost as if Drake gave Young Thug instructions to be as tame as possible just so he isn't outshone by his featuring artist. Maybe this is just Drake dragging everyone down to his level.

I would have liked “Teenage Fever”, but then this bizarre J-Lo lyric sample pops up and it just doesn’t feel right.

“KMT” is just crap. The acronym is reminiscent of a lyric used by Jennifer Hudson in that Iggy Azalea song. It sounded stupid then, and it doesn’t sound any less stupid now. Giggs drops some pretty shoddy bars as well.

There is a segment at the end of “Can’t Have Everything” that sounds like it is trying to be “Be Yourself” from Frank Ocean’s “Blonde”. You know, just worse though.

I really don’t like Kanye’s flow on “Glow”, especially the way he incorporates the names of past songs (both from himself and Drake) into his verses. As a side note, that may the one main problem I have with Kanye’s music. Almost all of his solo stuff is excellent, but his features aren’t all that memorable for the most part. Other than that, I don’t mind the outro of that song.

“Fake Love” is the worst here, he just sounds awful and incredibly whiny. I still dislike it quite a bit, but most of the songs on the record aren’t much better.

Young Thug starts to sound more like his regular self on “Ice Melts” (still not entirely though), but by that point, it’s too little, too late. At the very least though, it is one of the better songs on the album, and I like the production values on show.

“Do Not Disturb”, the final song on the record, is actually a really well-written song that draws me in, it’s almost as if he (or his ghostwriters) turn the pen into a wand for the 5-minute duration of this track and I only wish there was a lot more of that on the album. It just leaves me thinking about how much better this album could have been if there were more of that.

I think there are some obvious areas for improvement, at least for me anyway.

One, I want to hear something other than his dull droning and humming next time. I’m still confused as to how his monotonous monotone became the sound that everyone fell in love with.

Two, he just needs to make more concise and focused albums rather than these 20-song long projects. It would just pack more of a punch as these last couple of projects just seem to drag on and on. It’s all about making an impact, and I think shorter, sharper ideas could go a long way.

I thought I might get something different from Drake, considering the title of the album, because you’d think for an album that has the word “life” in the title, he’d actually show some of it. Unfortunately, we got “More Life-less” in the end.

FAV TRACKS: PASSIONFRUIT, SKEPTA INTERLUDE, ICE MELTS, DO NOT DISTURB

LEAST FAV TRACK: FAKE LOVE

5/10
Last edited: 11.05.2017 15:10
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