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  • Summary: The 25-track fifth studio release for the Canadian hip-hop artist features guest appearances from Jay-Z and Ty Dollar $ign as well as vocals from Michael Jackson and Static Major.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    The 12 track Volume 1 of Scorpion is a sharply focused hip-hop album, with Drake delivering eloquent zingers over stripped back beats and spine-tinglingly atmospheric hooks. ... Meanwhile, the 13 track Volume 2 showcases Drake’s flip side, sensitive R'n'B loverman whose simple two-note melodies offer nights of pleasure on dance floors and in bedrooms yet somehow always end with broken hearts (usually his).
  2. 80
    Yet for all its tiresome megalomania, Scorpion is so beautifully rendered--from vocals to samples to features to beats--that Drake ends up pulling you over to his side, much like Kanye West did on his similarly vexing “Ye.”
  3. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    In the long run, a few duds in 90 minutes of material doesn't seem too high a sin, especially considering the same concession could easily be made for a release like the Beatles' White Album. Thus, with Scorpion, Drake makes a cohesive argument for broadening our attention spans and enjoying life's music, regardless of runtime.
  4. Jul 2, 2018
    67
    It’s a drag, but a compulsively listenable one, with velvety production and Drake’s typically elegant taste in guest voices.
  5. The star’s hubris is no more apparent than in its sheer breadth and lack of quality control. At 25 tracks in total, Scorpion is way too long--even by Drake’s own standards--and simply doesn’t need to be.
  6. 60
    Oddly erratic. ... The way he darts between different sounds is exhausting and, ultimately, messy. On certain tracks he raps like he has something to prove, on others it's like he has nothing.
  7. Jul 3, 2018
    30
    Drake offers little here that does not retread the sonic and narrative territory of his previous work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 133
  2. Negative: 60 out of 133
  1. Jun 30, 2018
    10
    This is a streaming era album, and this album is good at what it does- provide a song for every mood, and act as an entry to the two sides ofThis is a streaming era album, and this album is good at what it does- provide a song for every mood, and act as an entry to the two sides of Drake- the braggadocios 6 God side, and the brooding reminiscer side. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2018
    10
    His best work in years. Lots of really strange weirdos Drake attracts though. I cant imagine hating someone so much that you waste your timeHis best work in years. Lots of really strange weirdos Drake attracts though. I cant imagine hating someone so much that you waste your time spamming bad reviews when you clearly didn't listen to the album. Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2018
    7
    Hard not to be biased cause I have enjoyed Drake for a very long time but with Scorpion I find it hard to listen too. After a couple ofHard not to be biased cause I have enjoyed Drake for a very long time but with Scorpion I find it hard to listen too. After a couple of listens I have got into it thanks to a few stand out tracks but the thing that is upsetting that 25 tracks most of it is excess. Any Drake album the production choices are whats this albums saving grace. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2018
    4
    The issue of Scorpion can really be summed up to Drake spreading himself too thin. Let's begin with the length of the album: there is aThe issue of Scorpion can really be summed up to Drake spreading himself too thin. Let's begin with the length of the album: there is a concept in film and music called "the cutting room floor," clearly Drake is not familiar with it. An artist is supposed to keep the best of the best and discard anything else, regardless of it being just "good." Not only has Drake kept the "good" but he's also invited the mediocre, the poor and the absolute terrible. There is an overall redundancy that becomes increasingly tedious as you continue listening to the record; whether it be the sonic pallet or the conceptualism. The production on the album is, for the most part, vapid and prosaic. One would expect some of the best sounds coming from the most popular artist in the world today, yet Drake doesn't only play it safe but goes as far as being boring. Furthermore, the samples used throughout the album are often arbitrary and jarring; Nicki's "Boss Ass **** and Michael's addition which are the worst examples. Lastly, many of the cuts on the second disc are overly sappy and cringe-worthy. Drake needs to revisit the drawing board and figure it the **** out because Scorpion is exactly what Kanye was addressing in his song "Crack Music" off "Late Registration";

    "Sometimes I feel the music is the only medicine
    So we cook it, cut it, measure it, bag it, sell it
    The fiends cop it
    Nowadays they can't tell if that's that good ****
    We ain't sure man
    Put the CD on your tongue yeah, that's pure man..."
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  5. Jul 21, 2018
    3
    Drake comes out with his 5th and most disappointing studio album to date... In an attempt to cater to his massive audience, Drake throws outDrake comes out with his 5th and most disappointing studio album to date... In an attempt to cater to his massive audience, Drake throws out 25 tracks hoping a few of them will hit... Most of them didn't. With only about 5 tracks on this album being album-worthy of Drake's calibre, it feels like Drake threw out all the songs he had made throughout the production of the album, without taking any of them through any sort of quality control before the release. Comparing this to the hyper-condensed style that Kanye has introduced, where tracks picked for the album are exceptional, Drake does the exact opposite, throwing out a load of low-quality songs hoping that they connect with his audience.
    Only thing remotely interesting about the album was the MJ feature. There was also a Jay-Z feature, which was honestly lacklustre compared to what he has shown us on 4:44.
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  6. Jul 15, 2018
    2
    During its 89 minute run, I found myself often zoning out before I realized that three songs went by. There are a few actually good songs thatDuring its 89 minute run, I found myself often zoning out before I realized that three songs went by. There are a few actually good songs that somewhat reignite my interest, but they come pretty sporadically and feel like diamonds in the rough amongst a sea of filler.

    It's also very hard to take anything Drake says seriously because of the drama surrounding him just before its release. His beef with Pusha T greatly overshadows any creative effort and diminishes any credibility he had as a rapper. Scorpion tries to restore faith in Drake's skills, but it falls short of being anything remotely compelling and becomes a testament of his lack there of.

    Aside from the radio singles, its forgettable and boring, and just too long to warrant a solid listen to.
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  7. Jan 10, 2019
    0
    I prefer the R&B side much more because it is a more true drake (even though it was still lackluster). For the rap side, there were a VERYI prefer the R&B side much more because it is a more true drake (even though it was still lackluster). For the rap side, there were a VERY small amount of tolerable songs but I still can't listen to them because he sounds so conceited. A very long album that I was not able to listen to all the way through in one sitting because it felt like primary filler with mass appealing "bangers" strung out throughout. Expand

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