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  • Summary: The second solo release from the former Fugee features guest appearances by Mary J. Blige, Youssou N'Dour, and Kenny Rogers (yes, that Kenny Rogers).
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. He sings roughly but warmly, and makes up as many hooks as he samples...
  2. 90
    Although everything on The Ecleftic might not be for everybody, make no mistake, this album is ahead of its time. Forget about Britney Spears... Wyclef's done it again!
  3. Even when Jean missteps, as on the heavy-handed "Diallo," he missteps in the most interesting way possible, pushing his music into weird and exciting directions that work more often than not.
  4. Packed to the brim with all sorts of surprising twists and turns, Jean's Ecleftic plays like a cheeky earful of the multi-culti future of hip-hop.
  5. 60
    The Mary J. Blige duet '911' and dope ode 'Homegrown' confirm his knack for reggae-inflected hits. [Sep 2000, p.108]
  6. A mammoth indulgence, an 80-minute justification of his own ill-defined status.
  7. 20
    By the time one gets to the final track, a head-scratching take on Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," the overall effect is a decidedly uncomfortable numbness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1