It’s easy to care about Drake’s new album “Care Package.” His harshest critics will tell you it’s been a long time since his work deserved any attention. Ah, but there’s good news, folks!
Drake makes a quality comeback with “The Care Package.” Taking a page from Nas’ book (i.e. “The Lost Tapes II”), Drake is offering a care package of unreleased or otherwise ignored gems from his 2011 “Take Care” days.
Highlights include the album opener ‘Dreams Money Can Buy.’ Here is a youthful Drake who is at the very top of his game and yet still hungry for more. It’s electric.
The positive flow continues with ‘The Motion.’ This clever cut has an understated, addictive, infectious bounce that brings back the sound of his glory days. Here you will discover more of what made him great.
‘Draft Day’ manipulates an old Lauryn Hill sample quite nicely and the track ‘Girls Love Beyonce’ uses Destiny’s Child for its memorable hook. Perhaps one of the best cuts here is the previously underrated ‘I Get Lonely Too’ which is a capricious remake of TLC’s song ‘Fanmail.’ It has an atmospheric, R&B vibe to it.
Drake also injected this compilation with some of his best lyrics. Check out ‘Jodeci Freestyle.’ That is pure peak Drake lyricism.
Don’t forget his famous location tracks either. ‘5 a.m. in Toronto’ and ‘4 p.m. in Calabasas’ have actually aged surprisingly well. “The Care Package” is simply a feisty flashback to a better time.