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  • Summary: Ethiopia-born Kenna's sophomore album was produced by the Neptunes' Chad Hugo and features Pharrell Williams on some tracks.
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  1. The striking thing about Make Sure They See My Face, then, is how reassuringly familiar it feels.
  2. The greatest thrill, however, is that Kenna's square-peg edges still never quite line up with the mainstream hole.
  3. Make Sure They See My Face, is a much more cohesive record, one that may have an easier time making it onto MTV and mainstream radio.
  4. Kenna has the indie roots to bridge the gap between pop and everything left of center. This effort has already created some stir between the two. My only concern is that the album's lack of balance may make for a one hitter quitter.
  5. Make Sure They See My Face is overdressed to impress when easing up may have been the best way to ease back into the public consciousness.
  6. Stylistically, it's all over the place, but he doesn't deserve to fall this time round. [June 2008, p.145]
  7. It's his overwrought vocal sensibility that really drags Make Sure They See My Face down into Starbucks country.

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  1. Sum1who?nosemuzic
    Nov 10, 2007
    Probably one of the best sophmore albums of all time. Everything about it is solid. He's keeping it real, know need to sell out. Great beats thanks to his high school chums (The Neptunes, mainly Chad). Can you blame him for using his hook ups. Its all over the place, and why not. Rolling Stone mag not "terribly memorable", stop filling your memory with crap, make room for CRAFT. Later. Expand
  2. DJMentalBeats
    Jan 14, 2008
    One of the VERY BEST CDs of 2007. Co-produced and co-written by the Neptunes and Kenna, "Face" is musically all over the map, which adds to its magic. I have been playing the CD like crazy. Each track is stellar, however, 'Static' is THE standout. It is one of the most beautiful love songs I've heard in recent memory. Universal Music should be ashamed of itself for the lack of promotion. Sadly, Kenna's project will not get the mainstream exposure it so rich deserves because it is actually GREAT! If he was mediocre or untalented he would get all the exposure in the world. Kenna is one reason why I have stopped listening to the radio and started seeking out quality music for myself. I hope that Kenna is around for many, many years to come. Simply phenomenal! Get the CD IMMEDIATELY! Expand
  3. SebastienB.
    Apr 11, 2008
    This is one of the most inventive albums I've listened to in years. This guy's a musical genius! He's got the grooves and the melodies are awesome. Expand
  4. MaxwellH.
    Dec 26, 2007
    This album was good to me, although not quite that memerable, blends messages with synth pop making it a solid album. at times the album just didn't last, but most of the time it did its just. Expand
  5. Lamont
    Nov 17, 2007
    With Make Sure They See My Face, Kenna created a very good sophomore album. While it's all over the place, it's still much easier to follow than Kenna's debut, New Sacred Cow. The only thing that's really missing is truly memorable songs for the duration of the album. The album starts off great but there's really no way that the second half has the flair of the first half. Collapse