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
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  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. Rudolf's sound is his own on an album full of scarf-waving choruses, insistent hooks and surprisingly reflective lyrics. [Mar 2009, p.104]
  3. In the City offers good production, excellent melodies, and - of course - the same song, idea(s), and kinds of guest appearances many times over.
  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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