Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]ime spent in its company reveals moments of careful craftsmanship and ingenuity. 'Controlla' is an airy dancehall confection; 'Still Here' is a remarkable amalgam of aggression and softness..."
Spin - "'9' sounds like someone is throwing handfuls of glitter onto the track. 'Feel No Ways' is a taut `80s throwback, while 'With You' -- another standout thanks to that nightingale Jeremih, as well as Murda Beatz's buoyant backdrop -- couldn't feel more current."
Entertainment Weekly - "As ever, Drake excels at cleverly worded tales of modern love, universal sentiments related in hyper-current terms..." -- Grade: B
Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he spectral R&B samples and skittering beats of regular collaborator Noah '40' Shebib ensure blockbuster moments..."
NME (Magazine) - "[R]emarkably, his signature brand of downbeat introspection remains gripping."
Clash (magazine) - "Heartbreak and introspection, offset by a healthy dose of braggadocio and tongue-in-cheek humour, propel `Views' through the cold, sparse emo-rap landscape that was first put into the public consciousness by Kanye's 808S & HEARTBREAKS."
Audio Mixers: Les Bateman; Lindsey Warner.
Illustrator: Filip Pagowski.
Photographer: Caitlin Cronenberg.
Drake's long-awaited fourth "real" album, Views, found the rapper in a typically introspective but still defiant mood, reflecting on his city, his life, and his place in the rap world. Made up of trap beats, '90s-inspired R&B ballads, the occasional foray into Caribbean pop, and "Hotline Bling," the album features nearly as many of Drake's pleading vocals as it does his defiant rapping. With production by a wide range of up-and-coming talent, alongside his mainstays Boi-1da and 40, Views has a typically smooth and atmospheric sound. The album also features an impressive guest list, with appearances by Rihanna, Future, and, from Drake's OVO Sound label, dvsn and PartyNextDoor. ~ Tim Sendra