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American Boy [Feat. Kanye West] Album Version)

From the Album Shine
June 28, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Release Date: June 28, 2010
  • Label: Homeschool/Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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  • Duration: 4:44 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0017TCA9C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,181 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Music Beach Dad on May 9, 2009
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The sound quality of this mp3 download is awful. The recording sounds like it was made with the input levels set too high -- oversaturated and distorted. This is why I hate to buy mp3 downloads . . . this seems to be far too common -- lots of walmart downloads have the same problem.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott Strang on January 11, 2009
Let me start by saying that I really like this song.

My beef is with whoever approved the final products sound quality. I can't believe someone else didn't mention this. The entire song is so badly clipped that even quieter parts of the song (if you could call them that) are distorted. The bass is slamming into an absolute brick wall.

I'm willing to bet that the distortion crept in during the mastering process. Just like many other pop releases today the mastering engineers and album producers are trying to get their albums as loud as they can. But this is way over the line.

The very fact that this song (with this horred sound quality) made it into the marketplace is unbelieveable. The sound is so bad that it makes the song unlistenable.

I thought the Twilight Soundtrack was bad but DAMN. Whomever is responsible for this should get an award for producing one of the worst sounding singles EVER.

It's such as shame that a great song was killed by an apparently deaf engineer and producer.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 10, 2008
When it comes down to this past year, we really haven't heard much with a good style of R&B from overseas. While so much of the latest Soul songs have been feeling mostly flimsy from newcomers like American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and even legendary divas like Mariah Carey, there really is a whole lot more that could sound better. For newcomer Estelle, she really has shown that she has a dominant beat from Londowntown in the U.K.. Her debut single, American Boy from her first album Shine. The song is a very strong collaboration with rapper Kayne West and captures the R&B beat that I haven't heard as well as when I've heard from since The Brand New Heavies back in the 90's. The song is really one of those hidden surprises out there that radio hasn't yet picked up in America. I really hope audiences give Estelle a warm welcome, and I hope she makes really good songs for years to come.

Song: B 1/2+
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Carter on October 22, 2012
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This song is one of my favorites and the combination of artists on this rendition is incredible. Unfortunately, because it wasn't tagged as explicit, I was surprised when the f-word came across my speakers loud and clear while I was listening to the song with my six-year-old.

Great song but should be labeled appropriately. I still would have bought it, I just wouldn't have listened to it with my little one.
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With a vocals and a London accent almost exactly like Kate Nash & Lilly Allen, Estelle figured she'd swoop up a bunch of popular rappers to duet with, supposedly distingwishing herself from the rest of the crowd, and naturally chart success will follow. Whether it'll reach for the higher spots in the chart remains to be seen, but the song remains a pleasant dance number nonetheless.

It retains a funky dance beat reminiscent of the 70s, and it causes you to move you feet all through the song. It turns into an all-out dance number during the chorus, and the catch is for you to get caught up in the music and ignore the lyrics.

It almost reads more like a quasai-rap song than anything, with Kanye and Estelle both sharing rapping duties. The only problem is, it isn't all that great, with lots of pauses thrown in for effect, and other rapping curveballs tossed out just to shake things up. So, you have a funky dance number that starts and slows, slows and starts.

So, if you're looking for an American boy, or any other boy for that matter, or just some funky dance music, come on in to Estelle's party and pick up some funk. Sure, they could have filled the song in more, but it remains pleasant for the most part.
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Don't you just love it when they say an artist "came out of nowhere?" Honestly, is there really such a thing ? Seemingly overnight, Estelle gained quite a bit of popularity with the American Boy single. This quirky collabo with Kanye West is a funky little number. (I'm not a big Kanye fan, but the two are very much in sync with the dialogue here. )Estelle comes from the U.K. and although this may be her biggest hit to date, as a full album "Shine" is her sophomore project. Collaborations include work with Wyclef Jean, Kardinal Offshall, and Hi-Tek. She has a beautiful voice and talent enough to shine on her own!
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By Amaranth on October 4, 2008
Estelle's "American Boy" is a joyous,lighthearted rap reminiscent of Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put your record on." It's an energetic blend of soul,hip-hop,and dance. Estelle is from the UK,and this song is her ode to America. (Maybe this song will supplant Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" at July 4th celebrations) Estelle sings of Chicago, Los Angeles; her ode is a travelogue. "American Boy" is all-American fun from Britain!
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You know, there's a lot about this song that's great! The music stands on it's own, the lyrics are tight, and Estelle sounds perfect. Kanye brings a lot to it as well. It's one of our favs..
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