It sounds like Drake has more creative control on this album. He's more introspective and less flamboyant (to a certain degree). I thought 40's production on Thank Me Later sounded too redundant, but he stepped it up on this one. I do think the album can do without several tracks: "Practice," "We'll Be Fine," "Shot For Me." Other than that, it's a solid release and I didn't expect anything different from Aubrey.
BTW RIP Heavy D. *plays "Candy Rain"*