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Stronger
Work it, make it, do it, makes us Harder, better, faster, stronger N-now th-that that don't kill me Can only make me stronger I need you to hurry... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
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  1. Musically, at least, it’s the most accomplished thing he’s ever done.
  2. West crosses genres with wilful and speedy abandon, taking the listener on an epic quest where the journey is just as enjoyable and unpredictable as the destination.
  3. West's writing and delivery has improved since "The College Dropout," though they're still marked by both a cleverness and a clumsiness.
  4. Spin
    80
    West's third album is memerizing and alienating, like all the purest forms of pop culture. [Nov 2007, p.114]
  5. The album lacks the flab of previous efforts and, where he's been guilty of hiding behind guests before, the contributions are (perhaps inadvisably in retrospect) kept to a minimum. Sadly though, the grandstanding and chest beating take their toll on both Graduation's aesthetic and the listener's patience.
  6. West's vocal mediocrity wouldn't be so glaring if the production were more of a diversion. There are no truly tragic compositions on Graduation--though the droning ''Drunk and Hot Girls'' could have been half as irritating at twice the speed--but most of the music just seems uninspired.
  7. Graduation is consistent, yes, but it's consistently boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 182
  1. RoyalC.
    Sep 11, 2007
    10
    It's Kanye...exactly what the doctor ordered.
  2. RashonW.
    Sep 22, 2007
    10
    Not just the greatest rapper of all time but the greatest artist living today. Like Kanye said, if there was a modern day Bible written today Not just the greatest rapper of all time but the greatest artist living today. Like Kanye said, if there was a modern day Bible written today he would be the lead character, the narrator and all the acknowledgements would be reserved for Kanye himself. Can anyone stop this man? Expand
  3. May 8, 2011
    10
    By far one of Kanye's best albums. And definetely one of my favourites too.
  4. SamC.
    Sep 14, 2007
    9
    Another brilliant album from the master of hip-hop. Everyone knows his skills as a producer, but I think he's underapreciated as a lyricist.
  5. Dec 8, 2014
    8
    Much faster than his first two records "The College Dropout" and "Late Registration," "Graduation" is a much faster-paced, slimmer version ofMuch faster than his first two records "The College Dropout" and "Late Registration," "Graduation" is a much faster-paced, slimmer version of thumping choruses and witty lines from a man that seemed hell-bent on making this album the prime example of arena music. The journey you embark on throughout these sharp, punchy 51 minutes is an epic and crazy one, while Mr. West has effectively stated that he remains the king of the new hip-hop. Standout tracks for me would have to be the ironically dark "Flashing Lights" and chest-thumping "The Glory." Expand
  6. JasonH.
    Sep 11, 2007
    8
    Graduation is maybe Kanyes best cd
  7. ChrisW.
    Sep 10, 2007
    0
    If he would only stick to producing... Sorry Kanye, but you can't rap! You're disgracing the Hip-Hop Community with this garbage.

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