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Average User Score: 5.7Jul 11, 2014As much as I love Nicki Minaj, and have bought numerous copies of this album for presents for my friends & family, I have to confess this isAs much as I love Nicki Minaj, and have bought numerous copies of this album for presents for my friends & family, I have to confess this is an absolute MESS of an album. I enjoy some of the tracks, but they don't flow together and this resembles more of a fan made collection of songs than a professional album. We can clearly see Minaj attempts to split the album into "stages" but it really doesn't work. These "stages" are as followed.
STAGE 1: HIP-HOP
STAGE 2: HARDCORE RAP
STAGE 3: R&B
STAGE 4: POP
STAGE 5: BALLADS
STAGE 6: THROWAWAY / NATIVE / OTHER / MORE POP
Minaj opens her roller coaster of an album with a roller coaster song. Her incredibly whacky 'Roman Holiday'. Closely following the random stylings of 'Roman Holiday' is 'Come On A Cone'. This is basically three minutes and five seconds of Minaj bragging about her accomplishments and this is probably one of the worst tracks on the album. Next up is 'I Am Your Leader' which even though it follows the same recipe of 'Come On A Cone', and is still a bragging song, it turns out to be an album highlight, and verses from Rick Ross & Cam'ron are brilliantly received.Last in this "stage" comes 'Beez In The Trap'. If I said I'd never got down to this song I'd be lying, I have a guilty pleasure for this song. The lyrics are horrific, the production is a mess and 2 Chainz shows up to deliver one of the worst verses in his career, but put this song on and I will DEFINITELY be first on the floor twerking. The next stage in this **** of an album is more hardcore and features appearances from rap legends like Nas, Drake & Lil Wayne. First up is 'HOV Lane'. Another boast song in which Minaj compares herself to rap veteran Jay-Z (HOV). The song overall is...meh, kind of a copy of 'Come On A Cone'. Things really don't improve with 'Roman Reloaded', ANOTHER bragging song which also manages to cause offence and mock Christopher Bosh, and take jabs at the horrific columbine school shooting. And then Lil Wayne shows up to contribute a sex-driven verse with no really memorable lines.
However, things seem to go from zero to hero with the brilliant addition of 'Champion'. The song starts out with a chilling verse from Minaj, and moves onto Nas, Drake and then finally Young Jeezy, all of whom add great verses to the song. The production and hook on this song is spectacular also. The R&B section is well received, as is the ballad section. The pop section however is awful. 'Starships', 'Pound The Alarm', 'Whip It' & 'Automatic' are all forgettable and sound pretty similar.
Overall, the album is said to be an "experimental phase for Minaj to find her sound" but ten years into your career, you should already know your sound. This was a quick album full of guaranteed hits to rake in the cash. NOT impressed. I'd question why the album was nominated for a grammy but 2 Chainz was nominated also so I'll leave the lid on that can of worms FIRMLY shut.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Jul 11, 2014I was pleasantly surprised by this album, upon seeing the packaging and reading the tracklist I assumed it would be a compilation ofI was pleasantly surprised by this album, upon seeing the packaging and reading the tracklist I assumed it would be a compilation of slow-paced boring ex-Disney star songs. I couldn't have been more wrong. The overall production of the album is of an excellent standard and it is one of the few albums in recent years which I can listen to every track on. Album highlights include 'Birthday', 'Like A Champion', 'B.E.A.T' & 'Nobody Does It Like You'. Album lowlights are the lead single 'Come & Get It' which gets horrifically repetitive after a couple of times, and 'I Like It That Way' in which Gomez seems to refer to her Disney girl state and creates a childish, pre-teen girl song.
The album still beats other ex-Disney stars efforts such as Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' or Demi Lovato's 'Demi' and I definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys energy filled pop music.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Jul 10, 2014Easily Ke$ha's best body of work to date, flying past the autotune-overdosed 'Animal' and not looking back, this album deserved to sellEasily Ke$ha's best body of work to date, flying past the autotune-overdosed 'Animal' and not looking back, this album deserved to sell millions of copies and the fact it flopped is depressing.
The opening track 'Warrior' delivers a fierce, fast paced gay rights anthem, with Ke$ha declaring "Fight for the **** ups, stand up for true love, we'll never give up" Similar messages are shown in songs 'Crazy Kids' & 'All That Matters' Of course, Ke$ha gives her usual dosage of throwaway party tunes with tracks like 'C'mon' & 'Out Alive' which are generic yet very listenable.
Ke$ha adds more slower paced songs that usual, and when her more romantic love songs are usually lost in a sea of synths and bass boosters, this album shows off Ke$ha's more vulnerable side perfectly, with the additions of 'Supernatural' 'Wonderland' & 'Wherever You Are'
Album highlights include previously mentioned 'Supernatural' along with 'Gold Trans Am'' 'Last Goodbye' & 'Dirty Love' Which includes a mediocre verse from rock veteran Iggy Pop, yet Ke$ha manages to make the track brilliant none the less. Album lowlights include 'Love Into The Light' and 'Past Lives' which are forgettable at best.
A brilliant album overall, strongly recommend to fans of pop AND rock alike.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Jul 7, 2014If Kreayshawn was out to make an inspirational, meaningful album to cure world hunger and start the ball rolling for her presidency campaign,If Kreayshawn was out to make an inspirational, meaningful album to cure world hunger and start the ball rolling for her presidency campaign, she would have received a 0 for this album. However, if she was out to make an album of fun, twerk music (Which is pretty evident as even one of the tracks is called 'Twerkin!!!') She receives a 5, it's still not amazing dance music compared to Rihanna or Iggy Azalea's efforts, but it's still not dreadful. Positives of the album are that no two tracks sound remotely similar, and 10/13 tracks are twerkable and fun. A big positive is that Kreayshawn has mastered auto-tune. Whereas artists like Lil Kim or T-Pain overdo auto-tune, Kreayshawn has just the right amount to sound good yet not tacky. The singles (Gucci Gucci, Breakfast & Go Hard) are the highlights of the album, an opinion which other critics share, and guest appearances from 2 Chainz & Chippy Nonstop are also appreciated.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jul 7, 2014In my personal opinion, this is Beyoncé's 2nd best album, to I Am...Sasha Fierce. However I believe the overall messages of the songs are moreIn my personal opinion, this is Beyoncé's 2nd best album, to I Am...Sasha Fierce. However I believe the overall messages of the songs are more powerful and emotive. The opening track, 'Pretty Hurts', discusses the importance of self confidence, and how trying to be beautiful and fit in to society's standards of beauty is so dangerous and harmful to us. The songs 'XO' and 'Blue' are also personal, emotional ballads, to her husband and the latter to her daughter. In contrast, songs like '***Flawless', 'Partition' and 'Blow' still have powerful messages, yet use more upbeat dance production. An array of beats with the same recurring message. The only thing that stops it receiving a perfect 10 is the mashup of tracks like Yoncé & Partition or Ghost & Haunted. A process which I never found appealing. Still strongly recommend.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Jul 7, 2014This collection of songs could either be a hit or miss with people, some of the tracks unfortunately merge together as the beats sound soThis collection of songs could either be a hit or miss with people, some of the tracks unfortunately merge together as the beats sound so similar. Tracks such as 'This Is Me', 'Wicked Moon', 'Drop It' and 'Smiles 'n' Hearts' go right over my head and I've never listened to them more than once or twice, and even then it was so I could write this review. Highlights include 'New York', 'Werkin Girls' & 'Supreme' which were all rightly chosen to be featured on their own EP. But the best track by far on the mixtape is easily 'Jungle Fever' The clever word play and ideology Haze introduces on Jungle Fever really brings the quality of the mixtape up, and Kool A.D's appearance is welcomed greatly. An above average mixtape, with some flaws never the less.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Jul 7, 2014Azealia Banks is a breath of fresh air in the crowd of male rappers who seem to know only how to rap about female conquests, expensive liquorAzealia Banks is a breath of fresh air in the crowd of male rappers who seem to know only how to rap about female conquests, expensive liquor and lots of money. Even though the project is only 4 tracks short and totaling just over 16 minutes in length, Banks still manages to lyrically annihilate most of her male counterparts.
Many good points to the EP, ranging from Banks' tremendous singing abilities on tracks '1991' and 'Liquorice', to the fact that no two songs song remotely similar, a trap which a lot of rappers tend to fall into. '1991' and 'Van Vogue' are smooth jazz influenced hits while the latter tracks '212' and 'Liquorice' are dance infused rap songs.
Banks pushes limits also, being the first female of my knowledge to be able to fit the word **** into one song as many times as she did on her hit song '212'. An amazing EP overall, and the only thing stopping it receiving a perfect 10 is the two minute talk at the end of 'Van Vogue' which frankly I have no idea how anyone can sit through. Strongly recommend though.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Jul 7, 2014The successful mix of singing and rapping parts Haze from other female such as Iggy Azalea or Nicki Minaj, and her moving and spiritual lyricsThe successful mix of singing and rapping parts Haze from other female such as Iggy Azalea or Nicki Minaj, and her moving and spiritual lyrics are good for any mood. The dialogue on tracks such as 'Sing About Me' or 'A Tribe Called Red' spoil the mood occasionally, but Haze's amazing lyrical skills redeem her and her brilliant production propel her into a new realm of rap. Definttley recommend if you want to really get lost in a record.… Expand