Graduation - Kanye West
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
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  1. Weighed and measured, Graduation is easily the best rap album this year.
  2. West crosses genres with wilful and speedy abandon, taking the listener on an epic quest where the journey is just as enjoyable and unpredictable as the destination.
  3. West's writing and delivery has improved since "The College Dropout," though they're still marked by both a cleverness and a clumsiness.
  4. He sounds less like he's pushing to create something epic, and at that he succeeds--as good as Graduation is, it doesn't have the larger-than-life presence of "Late Registration." It's more manageable, more everyday.
  5. Per Vulture, the Curtis-shaming Graduation "has better songs waiting in the wings. Bonus: No Jamie Foxx!"
  6. West's vocal mediocrity wouldn't be so glaring if the production were more of a diversion. There are no truly tragic compositions on Graduation--though the droning ''Drunk and Hot Girls'' could have been half as irritating at twice the speed--but most of the music just seems uninspired.
  7. Graduation is consistent, yes, but it's consistently boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 142
  1. JoshN.
    Sep 11, 2007
    Easily Ye's most personal album. Definitely as good, if not better than college dropout or late registration. Shows musical prowess, and shows his intimate sides. Big brother is an amazing track, as is the good life. Check it out Expand
  2. Brad
    Sep 17, 2007
    Not a huge fan of Kanye West, but come on. This isn't even fair how unbelievably produced it is.
  3. May 8, 2011
    By far one of Kanye's best albums. And definetely one of my favourites too.
  4. RajeshS
    Sep 16, 2007
    Nice use of diverse samples.
  5. Nov 9, 2013
    This might be Kanye's weakest album, but even his weakest is still a damn fine hip hop record. He seems to discuss & be very in-tune with his success in this record, whereas his previous records seem to tackle larger topics and controversies, but that doesn't deter Kanye from making fantastic, clean productions. "Champion" is a slick, catchy track ranks among his best songs. As a whole, some tracks seem a little scattered and rushed, making the whole experienced seem a tad jumbled, but each track holds it's own and Kanye has some of his best rhymes in this album.

    All In All, Graduation ends his "College" trilogy very electro, very catchy, and very memorable. He's yet to make a bad record. B+
  6. SteveO
    Sep 12, 2007
    What makes people hesistant to glorify this album is incredibly high standard that Kanye has set for his releases. Put this next to 'Curtis' and there is no comparison. Clearly, Kanye holds both musical and lyrical supremacy over the hobbling 50. Big Brother is a great tribute to JayZ, Stronger pumps up Daft's song even more, and Good Morning is as good an Intro to a hip hop album as you'll find. Expand
  7. ChrisW.
    Sep 10, 2007
    If he would only stick to producing... Sorry Kanye, but you can't rap! You're disgracing the Hip-Hop Community with this garbage.

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