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Austin City Limits 2015 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

on October 05, 2015, 6:15pm
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No FOMO for Weekend Two

Drake

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Photo by David Brendan Hall

Drake made a particularly smart move during his headlining set at ACL’s first of two Saturdays (one that might’ve saved his lame duck Coachella showings back in April): He brought out a special guest that wasn’t Madonna awkwardly forcing her tongue down his throat. After promising“something special” throughout the first half of his disappointing performance, Atlanta rapper Future finally joined Drizzy for the live debuts of two songs off their recent chart-topping collaboration, What a Time to Be Alive.

Unfortunately, “Jumpman” and “Big Rings” were excruciatingly repetitive, momentous for being the only tracks performed in full over the course of the set’s stop-and-go 90 minutes. It was baffling to watch tens of thousands of fans stare cow-eyed at Drake as he bounded back and forth on stage as much as he worked through his diverse catalog through scatterbrained snippets. His vigor and excitement felt undoubtedly genuine, but his ebb-more-than-flow strategy poisoned any palpable mojo.

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Photo by Amy Price

“I don’t wanna waste nobody’s time,” he said at one point, adding: “I came here to do work in Austin, Texas.” Naturally, the mammoth bulk of fans who amassed at the enormous Samsung stage and rapped/sang along to every word would disagree, but seems to me that Drake is gonna have to work a little harder – and maybe perform at least a dozen actual songs – to make his encore performance this coming weekend worth the effort.  –David Brendan Hall

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