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New Reviews: Drake's Moody Masterpiece 'Take Care'

Also: Stream new music by Childish Gambino, the Who, Mary J. Blige, Mumford & Sons and more

November 15, 2011 8:55 AM ET
Drake "Take Care"
Drake "Take Care"

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Jon Dolan raves about Drake's second album, Take Care. The disc presents the rapper at his best, he writes, "collapsing many moods – arrogance, sadness, tenderness and self-pity – into one vast, squish-souled emotion." Also, Monica Herrera says there are few beats on Childish Gambino's mostly self-produced album that do not mimic those of Kanye West, and Jody Rosen slams the latest by Gym Class Heroes, claiming that "The Papercut Chronicles II is the year's most charmless album, 11 punishingly dull rock-rap tunes with hooks that would've sounded dated a decade ago."

ALBUMS

Drake - Take Care (stream one song)

Childish Gambino - Camp (stream one song)

The Who - Quadrophenia - The Director's Cut (stream one song)

Gym Class Heroes - The Papercut Chronicles II (stream one song)

SONGS

Mary J. Blige featuring Drake "Mr. Wrong" (stream)

Mumford & Sons "Ghosts That We Knew" (stream)

Kurt Vile "Downbound Train" (stream)

Craig Finn "Rented Room" (stream)

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