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Nothing Was The Same

Drake

Nothing Was The Same

The Canadian rapper's third album features contributions from 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Jay Z

ADM rating[?]

7.5

Label
Universal/Island
UK Release date
23/09/2013
US Release date
24/09/2013
  1. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s an exhilarating change of pace for the genre
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Nothing Was The Same, especially its cloudy production from longtime Drake collaborator Noah ’40' Shebib, is Drake at his most apathetic-sounding yet
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  3. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    As Drake albums go, this is the Drakiest: Except for Jay Z, who shows up at the end of the album, Nothing Was the Same is an entirely solo affair, and all of Drake's tendencies are dialed up.
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  4. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Drake is a unique talent, a true double-threat – ”Drake featuring Drake” as he put it – and his skills are on full display here
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  5. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Drake may be one of the world’s biggest pop stars, successful beyond imagination, but it’s a testament to his natural relatability that he can nonetheless voice a fantasy shared by bullied high school rejects everywhere
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  6. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Drake’s recidivism has paid rich dividends. Nothing Was the Same is ugly, yes, but cathartic
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  7. 8.0 |   Billboard

    The progression is palpable. Nothing Was the Same features a self-aware artist, sure of himself and of the talent of his right-hand man, producer Noah "40" Shebib
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    There's nothing overly complex or profound here, but try to resist the charm
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  9. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    There are certainly faults here to be rectified, but this album represents yet another very good entry in his discography
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  10. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    His secret weapon has always been a keen ear for off-beat, vibe-y sounds
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    Offers the listener a lot of what they’ve come to love (or loathe, indeed) about its maker, with the occasional flash of something a little more daring than might’ve been anticipated
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  12. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album isn't perfect, but it draws energy from that imperfection, further establishing a persona driven by Drake's still-developing conflict between assurance and hesitation
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  13. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Filled with beats that are a joy to listen to and Drake often has worthwhile things to contribute. But, more and more, his confidence is getting the best of him
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  14. 7.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Drake's pop music con job is just too well executed despite all its obvious flaws to not be enjoyed
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  15. 7.0 |   Spin

    There is a downside to the shedding of humility, as well as the fear that accompanies it, and it's what bogs down an album that was shaping up to be his best
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  16. 7.0 |   All Music

    Nothing Was the Same doesn't show large amounts of growth, but the small changes to the sound and the slightly wider net his lyrics cast make it worthwhile
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  17. 7.0 |   The 405

    A little confusing, a little stand-offish in parts, but when an equilibrium is reached, virtually perfect
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  18. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    The work of a man happy to address a bundle of issues around masculinity, love and life while digging his own groove
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  19. 5.0 |   NME

    How long can a man trade on being blue if he's living the dream? Print edition only

  20. 4.5 |   PopMatters

    Review 1: Without a single track to fully recommend, the first half of the album is an endurance test (2/10). Review 2: Could very easily grow up to be one of those albums deemed “pretty good” at the time only to be recognized as Drake’s most likable album years from now (7/10)
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