Chris Schulz is the deputy head of entertainment for the New Zealand Herald.

Album review: Drake, Nothing Was The Same


If you're looking for a Kanye West you could introduce to your mum, Drake is your man.

Like Yeezus, the Canadian hip-hop star's third album spans a breathtaking expanse of music, from low end sub bass thuds (Started From the Bottom) to Weeknd-style sex jams (Own It), stuttering trip-hop (The Language), soul-laced throwbacks (Furthest Thing) and bedroom-based R&B ballads (Too Much).

But Drake's arms are wide open - he's a far more welcoming prospect than West's chaotic arrogance, and Nothing Was the Same comes with the kind of super-tweaked production sheen only million-dollar-a-day studios can buy.

His lyrics still tend to fly all over the place, but it's his seemingly effortless timing - and his ability to switch between styles and pace at will - that really thrills.

On opener Tuscan Leather, he veers between aggressive boasts about Tom Ford and Gucci to soothing self-empowerment over switched-up Whitney Houston samples with ease.

"I am the kid with the motormouth, I am the one you should worry about," he says on The Language.

With his best album to date in the bag, it's a warning that Kanye should be taking seriously.

Stars: 4.5/5
Verdict: Hip-hop chameleon paints his masterpiece
Click here to buy Nothing was the Same by Drake.

Follow @nzherald_ent on Twitter for all the latest entertainment news.

- TimeOut

- NZ Herald

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


Have your say

1200 characters left

By and large our readers' comments are respectful and courteous. We're sure you'll fit in well.
View commenting guidelines.

Sort by
  • Oldest

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf05 at 23 May 2017 23:14:45 Processing Time: 1018ms