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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. 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: 75 out of 98
  2. Negative: 20 out of 98
  1. sergiodevcic
    Dec 5, 2008
    10
    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 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. 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. JoeyJohnson
    Nov 29, 2008
    9
    This is depper than most people believe. Give it time and it will grow on you.
  5. Apr 21, 2015
    8
    Tracks on this album are pretty dope, but, come on, why the hell I should use Auto-Tune to sing instead of using my natural voice?? And,Tracks on this album are pretty dope, but, come on, why the hell I should use Auto-Tune to sing instead of using my natural voice?? And, despite the change of style and the Auto Tune, still think this album is pretty dope. Expand
  6. eliasarias
    Nov 25, 2008
    7
    for any one who ever had their heartbroken, you can relate to the confusion of what hes expressing.
  7. kkrana
    Nov 28, 2008
    0
    no comments.....

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