My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)

November 22, 2010

  Song Title
Dark Fantasy (Album Version (Explicit))
Gorgeous (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Kid Cudi, Raekwon]
Power (Album Version (Explicit))
All Of The Lights (Interlude) (Album Version (Explicit))
All Of The Lights (Album Version (Explicit))
Monster (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver]
So Appalled (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. JAY-Z, Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz, RZA]
Devil In A New Dress (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Rick Ross]
Runaway (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Pusha T]
Hell Of A Life (Album Version (Explicit))
Blame Game (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. John Legend]
Lost In The World (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Bon Iver]
Who Will Survive In America (Album Version (Explicit))

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 1:08:42
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B004BSIJ9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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243 of 277 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't I heard this G.O.O.D. music somewhere before? November 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let's get it out of the way up front: If you even tangentially follow the hip hop blogosphere or Twitterverse, you've heard almost all of the substantive tracks on this album (two of the 13 tracks are an interlude and outro). Fully five of the 11 songs were part of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Fridays scheme, another three leaked months ahead of the album's release, and "Dark Fantasy" was included in Kanye's recent short film. But does it matter? Maybe Kanye's done the impossible and crafted an album so good that we'll pay for it even when he gives it away for free.

After listening to the record you'll appreciate how succinctly the album's title summarizes its themes. The record is framed as a fairy tale and the first few lines ("The watered down one, the one you know/ Was made up centuries ago...Twisted fiction, sick addiction/ Gather around children, zip it, listen) almost allude to the gradual censorship of the Brothers Grimm's dark fairytales over the centuries. On My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye seeks to dismantle the facade of fame and fortune to reveal the twisted debauchery underneath.

Kanye's trademark arrogance is in full force on this album. But this time it's an unapologetic arrogance that's a product of being treated like a god on earth. On "Devil in a New Dress" he rhymes "It's hard to be humble when you're stuntin' on a jumbotron" and on "POWER" "I embody every characteristic of the egotisic, he knows he's so gifted." The occult is another central theme, not only in track titles like "Devil in a New Dress," "Monster" and "Hell of a Life" but in the bars on each record. Kanye offers "We headed to hell, for heaven's sake huh?/ Well I'mma levitate and make the devil wait, yeah.
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123 of 148 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Vinyl Transfer - Audiophiles Beware February 13, 2011
When mastering an album you do a totally different mix for digital (ie, CD, mp3) and vinyl. The reason for this is the different formats have different characteristics and matching your final mix to take advantage of them yields a superior listening experience. In this case, no effort was made to produce a different mix for vinyl - as far as I can tell this is the digital master pressed onto a record. Ironically, this has produced a release that sounds considerably WORSE than the CD. If your main concern is audio fidelity avoid this release. In fact, I can't even listen to it - after two plays it will never leave the package. My digital copy sounds superior (which is a massive disappointment because I was dying to hear 'All of the Lights' on warm, rich vinyl). I am incredibly disappointed considering this is one of the best albums I've heard in years and I'm frankly appalled that Kanye would sign off on this one after spending so much time crafting an amazing album.

As for the packaging, a lot of work went into the artwork, but no effort went into the materials. The cardboard is flimsy, the vinyl is not heavyweight and for some inexplicable reason the artwork is censored. It's just a painting and not even that suggestive - we better keep America's youth out of our many fine museums and art galleries as well lest they be exposed to anything thought provoking.

Album 5/5
Vinyl 0/5
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66 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Yet! November 22, 2010
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A solid portion of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy earned its premiere on YouTube in the form of a half-hour music video for the single "Runaway." Opening the album with the same song as the video, titling it "Dark Fantasy," Kanye gives the first words to a female narrator, a fallen phoenix. With a choir of oohs and aahs in the background, she says "you might think you've peeped the scene. You haven't, the real one's far too mean. The watered down one, the one you know, was made up centuries ago. It made it sound all whack and corny. Yes, it's awful, blasted boring. Twisted fiction, sick addiction, well gather round children, zip it listen!" A grand piano chord quickly follows this short narrative and so begins Kanye's latest epic production.

Kanye is no stranger to grandiose compositions. Even his debut album, The College Dropout, had nearly an hour and twenty minutes of music with standout tracks like "Jesus Walks" paving the way for a new generation of artists. However, never before has Kanye blended so many genres of music together or taken so many musical chances on one record. Even a simple glimpse at the guest list is enough to make the heads of fans spin. Elton John, Chris Rock, Rihanna, Fergie, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross and Jay-Z all on the same album? Bon Iver on a hip hop record? If there was ever any question as to how this could all work, a single listen to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is all the proof you'll need.

Although the entire album has an unquestionable flow that keeps every song fresh and intriguing, there are two tracks on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy that truly capture what Kanye West has built his career up to. The first is "All of the Lights.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily Best CD of the Year November 24, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
I purchased this cd when it first came out and everytime I listen to it I hear something different. It's really a feel good album and Kanye does a great job of capturing the soul and moment in every song, by making you feel the emotion behind everything he's saying. I strongly suggest this cd to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Beautiful DarkTwisted Fantasy
I love this album also use it to work out on my treadmill great beats and lyrics.
one of my favorite albums.
Published 1 day ago by janet downer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kanye.
Amazing album and awesome vinyls, with an interchangeable cover and a poster. Truly an album with jaw dropping production and some very good and funny content.
Published 1 day ago by Austin Mathew
5.0 out of 5 stars Good gift
Purchased as a gift for one of my kids. She loves it as she loves the artist. Nice cover picture, too.
Published 12 days ago by B. Rambo
5.0 out of 5 stars At his Best
No doubt about it, his best album. Buy it. Not as,much as a Kanye West fan lately, but this album is his greatest.
Published 13 days ago by Jamie Lassiter
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kanye's Best Works
This is by far Kanye West's best album. It has so much passion and meaning to what he says. If you like rap at all I would highly recommend this CD.
Published 15 days ago by Emily
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
Yezzy taught me. LOL but I must say I enjoyed this because 808's just didn't do it for the kid.
Published 18 days ago by Michael M. James
5.0 out of 5 stars He Took A Risk With This Cover...An It Pay'd Off
The 5 Mic's & 5 Star's are well deserved.I think this is his best album ever!!!.Dark Fantasy,Gorgeous!!!,All Of The Light!!! Read more
Published 21 days ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Set
This set is awesome. First, the album itself is fantastic. Looking past that, everything included in this set is a nice touch especially all the art included.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Abdo
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting.
I used to be like most people and hate Kanye because he was so arrogant. (And yes I'm going to mention this because it does change your view on his music) Well I gave his music a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dejaentendu247
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album with an even more amazing flow!
Okay this album from begging to end is just unbelievably well constructed.Every single song has a great intro and ending. Has many of Kanye's best music ever!
Published 1 month ago by Juan
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