In The City - Kevin Rudolf
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  • Summary: The debut album for the Miami-based artist features Lil Wayne, Nas and Rick Ross as guests.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Like Timbaland and the Neptunes before him, though, Rudolf's behind-the-scenes work only whetted his limelight appetite, so here he steps out with a weirdly infectious debut that mixes his rap-track know-how with his love of guitar-god theatrics.
  2. In the City offers good production, excellent melodies, and - of course - the same song, idea(s), and kinds of guest appearances many times over.
  3. Rudolf's sound is his own on an album full of scarf-waving choruses, insistent hooks and surprisingly reflective lyrics. [Mar 2009, p.104]
  4. In the City gets by on hooks and hugeness, like an irony-free Andrew W.K., Timbaland working with Aerosmith, or a jaded version of the Jonas Brothers now willing to drop the F-bomb.
  5. Pop and R&B backroom boy steps into the spotlight.
  6. The rest of Rudolf's self-produced debut is a middling rock record dressed up in sleek digital clothes.
  7. In the City is proof that you can co-opt the most retarded aspects of 80s corporate rock and still not be any fun.

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  1. EdijsG.
    Feb 8, 2009
    7
    The album is quite uniform, all the song sound pretty similar, I admire song let it rock, its a good song and ''Welcome to the The album is quite uniform, all the song sound pretty similar, I admire song let it rock, its a good song and ''Welcome to the world'' and ''Great escape'' are pretty good songs also, ''In the city'' song is ok, but all the rest of the album is medicore. Expand