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Scorpion

Drake

Scorpion

Fifth studio album from the Toronto rapper, a double album with guest appearances from Jay-Z, Ty Dolla Sign, Nicki Minaj, and more

ADM rating[?]

6.1

Label
Universal Music
UK Release date
13/07/2018
US Release date
13/07/2018
  1. 8.0 |   NOW

    Scorpion will be a wonderful soundtrack to Uber rides and iPhones in colleges for years to come
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Full of the effortlessly cut-throat Drake we've come to love
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  3. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A revealing, thrilling album by an artist who took a very particular experience and used it to create a beautiful project
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  4. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    With Scorpion, Drake makes a cohesive argument for broadening our attention spans and enjoying life's music, regardless of runtime
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  5. 7.6 |   Gig Soup

    Whether his best work or not, through a long list of songs and accomplishments, it’ll take a lot for anyone to say he’s finished
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  6. 7.0 |   Clash

    As listeners cherry pick the tracks that fit their version of Drake, and these songs infiltrate clubs and playlists, ’Scorpion’ won’t be disappearing any time soon
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  7. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The rapper opens up about his newly revealed son and reminds everyone why he’s the poet laureate of Instagram captions on a remarkably long but consistent album
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  8. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Richly produced, studded with gems, and grapples with his fatherhood in a way that casts his arrested development into sharp relief
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  9. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    While the album is most noteworthy for its compositional clarity, it’ll probably linger in the memory only for a bunch of good Drake moments
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  10. 6.0 |   The Independent

    See Drake address family matters and old beefs, but feels too catered to the cherry-picking habits borne from streaming to enjoy as one cohesive work
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  11. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A record in limbo, a behemoth crippled by a well-timed shot to the leg
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  12. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    There’s something for everyone from a man who can rap tough on the skeletal I’m Upset, sing smoothly on the pulsing synthpop of Summer Games
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  13. 6.0 |   The 405

    He’s more on point that in years, the presentation is painstaking, but Drake cannot fight growing sense that he’s a titan, swinging out at the dark, nowhere left to go but down
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  14. 6.0 |   NME

    Drake’s fatal flaw on ‘Scorpion’, though, is self-indulgence. There’s the Michael Jackson resurrection on ‘Don’t Matter To Me’ (a clear-cut power move, rather than artistic posthumous collaboration) and an out-of-place Jay-Z feature (which appears solely aimed to troll Kanye). These are cases of Drake doing things because he can, rather than because he should
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  15. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Scorpion will be more remembered as a landmark in the rapidly shifting sands of music media and production, than for anything it says about Drake himself
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  16. 5.0 |   music OMH

    Expecting consistency from an album like this is a mug’s game. There are good tracks here, about 35 minutes’ worth, and the plus side of streaming is it’s easier to isolate the songs you like
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  17. 5.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Ultimately, this is another entry in the long list of double albums that could have been singles
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  18. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Self-indulgent, largely evasive, and frankly boring when the beat is not quite strong enough to steady the ship
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  19. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Drake’s powers have been withering
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  20. 4.0 |   The FT

    The Canadian superstar’s new double album ranges from electrifying rap to maundering R&B
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  21. 3.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Scattered across Scorpion are the ruins of what it aspires to be
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