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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. 80
    [A] tighter, indigo-deeper, more vision cohesive joint than its predecessor.
  4. 80
    He's still slicing and dicing styles like this week's challenger on Iron Chef, but this time he's got some serious guest firepower to back up these cross-cultural forays.
  5. Wyclef seems to reinvent himself for the worse on his sophomore effort. In place of his trademark iconoclasm, he delivers some good old-fashioned conformity in a bid to renew his street-credibility card... Thankfully, 'Clef strikes a balance with some outstanding selections, starting with the acoustically driven ballads "Diallo," "911" and "Something About Mary", which show that Wyclef armed with a guitar is still more powerful than an army of producers strapped with drum machines.... It's enough to make The Ecleftic a good but not grand album, one that finds Wyclef's vision falling short of his abilities.
  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