808s & Heartbreak

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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. Mojo
    80
    It is his most facinating, and bewildering, record to date. [Jan 2008, p.104]
  4. It is the stylised, minimal music that lends the album its power, and which helps West convince as a man beset by demons and femmes fatales.
  5. Kanye is after a very specific sound on this release, the dead-eyed, auto-tuned vocals and canned pianos contributing to a harrowing vision of emotional shellshock. The songs bleed into one another; only 'Love Lockdown,' with its magnificent drum breakdown, really grabs you by the throat.
  6. This noble failure of an album might easily have been a noble success if he had tweaked the Fun-o-Meter just a bit. A slight pitch correction could have done the trick.
  7. 40
    The lo-fi production makes everything sound like an unfinished demo, the songs are largely forgettable and the AutoTune’d vocals become a little tedious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 101
  2. Negative: 20 out of 101
  1. danielw
    Dec 11, 2008
    10
    Album of the year, IMHO. In time, this will come to be seen as hip hop's Sargent Pepper, an album that extends the range of an entire Album of the year, IMHO. In time, this will come to be seen as hip hop's Sargent Pepper, an album that extends the range of an entire musical idiom. This is a hip hop album, to be sure, but one that seems to have breathed in elements of myriad other musical styles and integrated them into its DNA. I can't stop listening to it. Expand
  2. JJBersch
    Dec 1, 2008
    10
    It's simple, what he needed to do, and beautiful. I can't ask for much more from my favorite artist, can I? We finally get to see It's simple, what he needed to do, and beautiful. I can't ask for much more from my favorite artist, can I? We finally get to see Kanye more personally. Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2011
    10
    Perfect album, I feel like Kanye is going on a journey, that is relatable and compassionate, I feel like I am following in his footstepsPerfect 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
    9
    Great album in concept and in execution. Proves West is truly an artist.
  5. SteveHeredia
    Nov 27, 2008
    8
    i wasn't sure what to expect from this album after hearing the first single, love lockdown. a definite departure from his previous work. i wasn't sure what to expect from this album after hearing the first single, love lockdown. a definite departure from his previous work. a bold and risky move. i doubt any rapper would or could do something like this, and actually pull it off. it's clear kanye wears his heart on his sleeve and apparently, his music. while i'm sure this album was therapeutic for him and one he personally needed to make, he managed to make a great album none the less... Expand
  6. JimFraederichs
    Nov 30, 2008
    7
    Different. Not really rap. Kanye listens to too much Daft Punk. Personally, I'm intrigued by this album, musically, I'm kinda bored Different. Not really rap. Kanye listens to too much Daft Punk. Personally, I'm intrigued by this album, musically, I'm kinda bored with it. It's basically a Hip-hop/emo album. Expand
  7. kkrana
    Nov 28, 2008
    0
    no comments.....

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