Album review: Drake's Nothing Was the Same
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 21:09
“Nothing Was The Same,” the third full-length studio album from rapper and singer Drake, seems to be a step back from his earlier projects. Drake’s two previous albums, “Thank Me Later” and “Take Care” are jam-packed with multiple hits. “Nothing Was The Same” contains a few catchy tracks, but the rest of the songs on the album can be assessed as merely average.
Drake has the reputation for being the rapper who isn’t afraid to reveal his emotions in his music. He drunk dialed his ex-girlfriend in “Marvin’s Room,” crooned sincerities to Rihanna about the mishaps he experienced in past relationships in “Take Care” and wore his heart on his sleeve in “Best I Ever Had.” Extreme vulnerability is nearly synonymous with Drake as an artist, and that’s what has worked for him in the past. While at times his lyrics could be considered sappy, his music maintained a consistent theme for the most part.
This album doesn’t stray from that, and although it still contains a few songs of that nature, they don’t induce the same effect as his past tracks. “From Time,” “Furthest Thing” and “Own It” each follow the trend of emotional meets contemplative, but some of these efforts are more successful than others. “From Time” references Drake’s feelings regarding his parents’ failed relationship, while the lyrics “The one that I needed was Courtney from Hooters on Peachtree / I’ve always been feeling like she was the piece to complete me” actually made it into one of the later verses of the song. Sorry, Drake, but no one else is surprised that Courtney from Hooters wasn’t the missing piece to your puzzle. In “Connect,” a relatively appealing song, Drake sings about a girl who treats him badly but includes lazy writing in lines like “I’ll be there just swangin” to describe his attitude about the situation. Lyrics like this make Drake’s vulnerable lyrics seem more comical than reflective, and they take away from the better parts of that particular song and the album itself.
As frustrating as it is to meddle through Drake’s lesser lyrics, the album of course produced a few radio-hit tracks that his fans will appreciate. Both singles from the album, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Started From the Bottom,” will certainly give fans what they want, which is ideal, but the album as a whole doesn’t reach for anything more than mediocrity. The album has moments of greatness, but for the most part it’s non-memorable and not one that will be on repeat on my iPod.