808s & Heartbreak - Kanye West
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Grammy-winning rapper features Young Jezzy, Lil Wayne, Mr. Hudason, and Kid Cudi.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. It’s with his latest masterpiece, 808s & Heartbreak, that he has demonstrated, with impeccable skill, that he is supreme, yet again.
  2. 90
    In 2008 Kanye struggled through tragedy so great that it forced him to go left. And ironically, at his darkest hour, Kanye has created his greatest album to date.
  3. The album is so successful because of his winning ways with both song and album construction, and with the way he captures a particular feeling through unusual, evocative, carefully crafted music that’s both simple and complex, cold and warm, mechanical and human, melodic and harsh.
  4. 80
    It is his most facinating, and bewildering, record to date. [Jan 2008, p.104]
  5. Heartbreak is a bittersweet sleeper that hovers somewhere between an interesting failure and a secret success. It seems destined to be the weird little orphan that fans single out as a favorite.
  6. Messianic rapper Kanye West has survived grief and heartbreak to expands pop parameters on his new release.
  7. It is by far the strangest record he's ever made: a willfully sullen and uncompromising electro-pop album from one of hip-hop's biggest stars.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 96
  2. Negative: 20 out of 96
  1. sergiodevcic
    Dec 5, 2008
    this is future, this cd will change the music as the form we have been used to. i'm not surprised it was done by Kanye, the man simply has outgrown the rap...ps-i bet he listened to Burial while making Bad News :-) go, Kanye, go! Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    A challenging, icy-cold, yet radio-friendly album, 808s & Heartbreak features some of West's most personal, most experimental, and most brilliant work to date. Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2011
    Perfect album, I feel like Kanye is going on a journey, that is relatable and compassionate, I feel like I am following in his footsteps through his albums, Street lights is basic, yet the way he sings with so much emotion, it makes it meaningful and important and seem so deep. Expand
  4. ChristianPowers
    Nov 30, 2008
    Great album in concept and in execution. Proves West is truly an artist.
  5. Apr 4, 2011
    Whether you like the autotune or not, you gotta hand it Kanye for at least not trying to make music that sells. This was a brave record to make and I give him props for that. He is by far one of the greatest artist of the past 10 years and yes this CD have been better, but its still good. He tried something else, good for him. Expand
  6. eliasarias
    Nov 25, 2008
    for any one who ever had their heartbroken, you can relate to the confusion of what hes expressing.
  7. kkrana
    Nov 28, 2008
    no comments.....

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