Album Review: “Care Package,” by Drake

“Care Package,” is a compilation album of his best songs of Drake’s career that were never really officially released and might of came out as just one-off singles. It’s an album full of songs that should have been hits honestly, but songs that were kind of forgotten.

There are 17 songs on this album, and honestly most of them are bangers. It features some songs that went hard such as, “5 AM in Toronto,” to the somewhat deep songs such as, “How About Now.” There were certain songs that were trending this morning when the album came out such as, “The Motion,” “Dreams Money Can Buy,” “Jodeci Freestyle,” featuring J. Cole and the Chance the Rapper diss, “Draft Day.” Personally, “Girls Love BeyoncĂ©,” and “Paris Morton Music,” were pure loosies.

Although this album contains great songs, there is the thought that it might just be a cash grab is there. It’s not too comparable to Kendrick Lamar’s, “DAMN,” in reverse, but it’s an album with a bunch of re-releases that with the star power of Drake, could expect to be a hit. Like when a famous band releases a bunch of demos from long ago. Also the nostalgia factor might be there, but his career hasn’t really gone on that long. His first mixtape came out in 2006, but his first album came out in 2010. So his songs aren’t old enough to pine for yet.

But in the end it will create some flashbacks for people and it will create some remembrance. This also begs the question, why weren’t these tracks left behind? That might not be the case anymore, these tracks might end up going #1, this album might go #1 and will definitely go platinum. These songs are obviously worth listening to considering that half of the album was trending this morning.

With all that being said though, I give it 2 1/2 stars.

Although this is a good compilation of songs that should have been hits and it will probably go #1 whether you like it or not. There is still the chance that this is a complete cash grab and at the same time, and you probably heard plenty of these songs before multiple times. Also would you rather hear this, or a mixtape featuring new songs that will definitely go #1 without a reasonable doubt and make your party non-stop? Rhetorical, but still a good album, and this coming from a person who doesn’t like Drake too much. So listen to, “Care Package,” on Spotify if you haven’t already.

Album Review: “Halve,” by Hibou

Hibou is from Seattle, Washington and has a has a really great atmospheric and melodic sound. His recent album, “Halve,” came out and from what you’ll read about Hibou, this is his life’s work. This obviously shows as he seems to be making an album that every person with anxiety or depression in the 21st Century can feel. This album is very personal for that reason, for every song seems to have a connection with Hibou’s history of dissociative depersonalization disorder:, which means his mind has a frequent inability to feel connected with his body. This shows with his pop/alternative/electric/new wave sound that we’re all accustomed to, but it’s elevated in such a way, like you turned it up from 6 to 11 real quick. What this creates is a wavy, hazy, hypnotic sound that should keep you relaxed and allows you to take that well needed breath. This album was designed to make you think about what you were and who you are now. When you have albums that create a feeling of connecting with the artists, it more special, and if, “Clarity,” didn’t do it, the songs, “Inside Illumination,” and, “An Hour of Vision,” will hit you instantly. This isn’t just a album that one of your favorite artists wrote, this is a piece of music therapy. A lot of us do go through mental health issues and a lot of us, (Including myself), have used music to help us cope with any life situation and this is no exception. For these reasons, it’s 4.5/5 stars.

You can find them on Spotify, but buy this album on Bandcamp! Follow Hibou on Instagram why don’t cha

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