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“More Life” showcases Drake’s unique talents

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“More Life” showcases Drake’s unique talents

Spencer Sortman, Reporter

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More Life, a title that completely embodies Drake’s new album. More Life, an extremely varied showcase for the adept artist and his signature voice. At first listen, the album sounds a lot like Drake’s last album, Views, released in 2016.  However, its unique sounds combined with Drake’s usual skill make for a completely different album.

Although the collection of songs is referenced as an “album,” Drake specifically labeled it as a “playlist.” This deliberate wording speaks for itself with the album not having a unified tone. One moment the album is resoundingly moody R&B and the next it turns to the dance floor.

The most popular song in the album is “Portland” featuring Travis Scott and Quavo. The song has a consistent flute background that sounds suspiciously like a recorder. Even with the non-serious background noise, the song hits it out of the park with the voices of Drake and Travis Scott.

Another hit, “Passionfruit,” is a surge of color that has become more of a signature in Drake’s albums. Many people complain that most of Drake’s albums only contain one or two good songs, however, that is just because of the level of uniqueness the artist goes to. Passionfruit is a good example of that, it stands out so much because it is distinctly unique compared to the other songs in the album – not that the other songs are necessarily bad. The whole song can be summed up with the word “tropical.” It’s the first word that comes to mind when hearing the soothing beats and Drake’s calming voice only adds to the tranquil sound.

My personal favorite is “Free Smoke,” which is the starting song of the album. The song begins with the soft voice of a woman with piano in the background. Quickly turning around, the music stops and a hardcore beat begins, which turns into a flowing rap from Drake. The song is up high on the Drake hype scale and is a good start to the diverse album.

Overall the album is really solid. From the hype fire in “Free Smoke” to the tropical atmosphere in “Passionfruit,” the skill of Drake and his producers shines through and brings listeners another big album. The diverseness and unique tones give the playlist life; some may even say…More Life.

 

 

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Spencer Sortman, Reporter

Spencer Sortman is a junior and a first year staff member. He plays tennis and is a co-captain of the varsity team this year, playing at number two singles....

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