Drake - Views on CD
Drake Views on CD
Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum superstar Drake who The New York Times says, "...is still his own genre," returned in April 2016 with his fourth official full-length effort, Views, and yet another US Billboard 200 No. 1 showing. Drake told Beats 1 anchor Zane Lowe that the album was, "...probably the most blatant display of being proud of where I'm from." The 20-track set is home to hit lead single "Hotline Bling," groovy club banger "One Dance" featuring Wizkid and Kyla and "Pop Style" which features a reunion of epic proportions with contributions from the legendary Kanye West and Jay-Z. Longtime collaborators Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, and Nineteen85 provide production while additional famous guests include PARTYNEXTDOOR, Pimp C, dvsn, Future and Rihanna.
"Views – Drake's fourth solo album, not counting umpteen mixtapes and other ephemera – finds him a conqueror between territories: fending off attacks from below, maintaining his grip on turf he controls and wondering what might be next...Views shows how Drake's original sound has become a genre unto itself – not just as a template for others but also for Drake himself. The framework pioneered by him and his right-hand producer, 40 – tender, lush, soothing melodies about romantic vulnerability – can be used for songs about heartbreak, but also for songs about competitive stress, mistrust and fear." - Jon Caramanica, New York Times
Know yourself, the theory goes, and you will know all. The world will open up to you. Existence will be made plain. You will be one with the matrix. Yadda yadda yadda. From arenas to memes, Drake has always had a skill for turning his innermost thoughts, feelings, and anxieties into breakthrough group therapy sessions—he articulates what we know to be true and then lets us rap or sing those truths en masse, exalting in common bonds that are as vulnerable as they are revealing.
When he confides his fears, we become a little more fearless. When he turns his woes into anthems, we all get lifted. But there is a razor-sharp line between self-awareness and self-absorption: Whereas self-awareness can expand wisdom by reflecting it outward, self-absorption often festers, drawing things in only to let them rot. For the past seven years, Drake has expertly glided along that line. But on his fourth proper album, he edges closer than ever to a mirrored abyss, a suffocating echo chamber of self.
The record is called VIEWS but its perspective is decidedly singular. “This album, I’m very proud to say, is just—I feel like I told everybody how I’m actually feeling,” Drake told Zane Lowe in a toothless recent interview, differentiating VIEWS from his previous work. This might seem like a ridiculous distinction—there’s never any question that Drake is the star of his own show—but it’s apt, and it hints at why this album feels like more of a claustrophobic mind fuck than a collective catharsis.
Drake View Track listing:
1. Keep the Family Close
3. U with Me?
4. Feel No Ways
6. Weston Road Flows
8. "With You" (Feat. Partynextdoor)
9. Faithful (Feat. Pimp C & DVSN)
10. Still Here
12. One Dance (Feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
13. Grammys (Feat. Future)
14. Child's Play
15. Pop Style
16. Too Good (Feat. Rihanna)
17. Summers Over Interlude
18. Fire & Desire
20. Hotline Bling
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