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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Grammy-winning rapper features Young Jezzy, Lil Wayne, Mr. Hudason, and Kid Cudi.

Top Track

Heartless
In the night, I hear 'em talk, The coldest story ever told Somewhere far along this road, he lost his soul to a woman so heartless How could you be... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. It’s with his latest masterpiece, 808s & Heartbreak, that he has demonstrated, with impeccable skill, that he is supreme, yet again.
  2. 90
    In 2008 Kanye struggled through tragedy so great that it forced him to go left. And ironically, at his darkest hour, Kanye has created his greatest album to date.
  3. Mojo
    80
    It is his most facinating, and bewildering, record to date. [Jan 2008, p.104]
  4. It is the stylised, minimal music that lends the album its power, and which helps West convince as a man beset by demons and femmes fatales.
  5. Kanye is after a very specific sound on this release, the dead-eyed, auto-tuned vocals and canned pianos contributing to a harrowing vision of emotional shellshock. The songs bleed into one another; only 'Love Lockdown,' with its magnificent drum breakdown, really grabs you by the throat.
  6. This noble failure of an album might easily have been a noble success if he had tweaked the Fun-o-Meter just a bit. A slight pitch correction could have done the trick.
  7. 40
    The lo-fi production makes everything sound like an unfinished demo, the songs are largely forgettable and the AutoTune’d vocals become a little tedious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 135
  1. GerardoSánchez
    Nov 27, 2008
    10
    just perfect
  2. DeboA
    Nov 26, 2008
    10
    Surprisingly Brilliant! 808s and Heartbreak find Mr. West doing more soul-searching than ever before, a reflective well sequenced and still Surprisingly Brilliant! 808s and Heartbreak find Mr. West doing more soul-searching than ever before, a reflective well sequenced and still has enough beats to be a 'Kanye' album! Not many hip hop/rap artistes would even think to do what he's done with this album and those who would dare to maybe would not have succeeded like he has! Well done, again Kanye! Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2011
    10
    Perfect album, I feel like Kanye is going on a journey, that is relatable and compassionate, I feel like I am following in his footstepsPerfect album, I feel like Kanye is going on a journey, that is relatable and compassionate, I feel like I am following in his footsteps through his albums, Street lights is basic, yet the way he sings with so much emotion, it makes it meaningful and important and seem so deep. Expand
  4. FoenixirFeng
    Nov 26, 2008
    9
    it's hard to say "love this album", but still i can't ignore the accomplishment Kanye made in it, i gave it 9, and it ranks 3rd it's hard to say "love this album", but still i can't ignore the accomplishment Kanye made in it, i gave it 9, and it ranks 3rd among my Kanye collections, only behind the college dropout and late registration. Expand
  5. Mar 26, 2017
    8
    I didn't like this album for many years, but after returning to it around a year ago, I enjoyed it a lot. While not a perfect album, the songsI didn't like this album for many years, but after returning to it around a year ago, I enjoyed it a lot. While not a perfect album, the songs that are strong are extremely interesting to listen to, and on top of that they are just flat out good music. Expand
  6. JimFraederichs
    Nov 30, 2008
    7
    Different. Not really rap. Kanye listens to too much Daft Punk. Personally, I'm intrigued by this album, musically, I'm kinda bored Different. Not really rap. Kanye listens to too much Daft Punk. Personally, I'm intrigued by this album, musically, I'm kinda bored with it. It's basically a Hip-hop/emo album. Expand
  7. kkrana
    Nov 28, 2008
    0
    no comments.....

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