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  • Summary: Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Timbaland are among the producers on the rapper's fifth disc, which also includes appearances by Nelly and R. Kelly.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. There's nothing ludicrous about Ludacris giving his fans exactly what they want, and it's even less ludicrous that he will probably convert more new fans on the strength of "Release Therapy."
  2. Always good but seldom great, Release Therapy is the rare major-label rap album that suffers from too much substance.
  3. Offers enough fierce dis tracks and exuberant punchlines to all but ensure a top 10 debut.
  4. There's no cohesion... That said, Luda can still turn out solid tracks based on three qualities: clever lyrics, commitment to concepts and taste in beats.
  5. For the first half of his fifth album, it's business as usual... The second half finds Ludacris maturing swiftly.
  6. Ludacris has created the most uneven album of his career, so frontloaded it might as well be an EP.
  7. The laughs are in short supply on "Release Therapy."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. A.D.Watson
    Dec 17, 2006
    Tha best and he is just getting started
  2. PeterM
    Sep 28, 2006
    Best lyrical album by far from ludacris. He upgrades from punchlines that make you say wow, to storytelling and concepts.
  3. AshleyP
    Oct 21, 2006
    i love ludacris !!!!
  4. Rich
    Oct 2, 2006
    I don't know why critics have been so hard on this album. how in the hell is reviewing the music. not just this site but other review sites as well. This is a HOT album. I don't think people are really listening to the lyrics and the whole flow mixed with the beat(the Music) damn. slow ass people. u can damn near play this cd from beginning to end. without skipping tracks. Expand
  5. christianf
    Oct 2, 2006
    this album is awesome its one of ludacris best works yet.He shows his lyrical talent and flow in songs like "ultimate satisfaction","slap","woozy" and grew up a screw up".Its a little different than his past albums but shows how hes evolved as an artist. Expand
  6. emmanuelt
    Oct 15, 2006
    In my opinion, this is his worst album...weak beats and annoying rhymes. The red light district was so much better
  7. ToddW
    Sep 27, 2006
    Bless his mother for giving him an apt name. Because that's what the whole idea of spending one's hard-earned money on garbage like this is. When, oh when Sheep of America, will you pull your heads out and just purchase the Madvillain album already? That is all you need in this genre. Period. And, don't even get me started on R. Kelly... Expand

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