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If You’re Read­ing This, It’s Too Late ★★★ Cash Money

If there’s one thing which unites mem­bers of the sur­prise al­bum club, it’s that qual­ity con­trol lev­els are al­ways re­mark­ably high. Drake’s new al­bum is more than just a stop-gap re­lease to bide time un­til the next al­bum, Views From the 6, due later this year. If You’re Read­ing This, It’s

Too Late is a fine, wor­thy suc­ces­sor to the sad-eyed, down­beat, in­tro­verted range Drake ex­plored with some skill on Noth­ing Was the Same and Thank

Me Later. The mood may be gloomy and low-lit, but tracks like Madonna,

Jun­gle, Know Your­self and Star67 have the melan­cholic stir­rings, in­tense wist­ful­ness and bluetinged den­sity which draw lis­ten­ers closer. For some­thing sparky, check out En­ergy, with Drake tak­ing aim at life on­line, be­tween moan­ing about hav­ing to pay his mort­gages which amount to $30 mil­lion. No neg­a­tive cre­ative eq­uity here. twit­ter.com/drake

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