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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye WestAudio CD
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listen  1. Dark Fantasy (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 4:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gorgeous (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Kid Cudi] [Explicit] 5:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Power (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. All Of The Lights (Interlude) (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 1:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. All Of The Lights (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 5:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Monster (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Bon Iver] [Explicit] 6:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. So Appalled (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Swizz Beatz] [Explicit] 6:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Devil In A New Dress (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Rick Ross] [Explicit] 5:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Runaway (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Pusha T] [Explicit] 9:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Blame Game (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. John Legend] [Explicit] 7:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Lost In The World (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Bon Iver] [Explicit] 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Who Will Survive In America (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 1:38$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B003X2O6KW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 release from 14-time Grammy-winning producer, writer and performer Kanye West. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy includes Nikki Minaj, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver on the smash street single "Monster" and Pusha T on "Runaway" which received the Best New Music stamp from Pitchfork. Other guests include Kid Cudi and Raekwon and contributing producers include RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Pete Rock, and Q-Tip. The album was recorded in Honolulu and at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

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248 of 282 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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129 of 156 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Vinyl Transfer - Audiophiles Beware February 13, 2011
Format:Vinyl
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.

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67 of 88 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is a disclaimer: I don't flow hip-hop. In fact, I don't flow music with same veracity that I did in my youth. But regardless of that, I still know what I like and feel that there is talent among the artists. However, unlike a needle in a haystack, the art does sift its way to the top. Upon first hearing the single "Power", I felt like I was hearing not just a hip-hop musician, but a pop artist. With West's amalgamation of chant, rock and rap, he creates a brilliant tableau of music as a whole.

Most people look at hip-hop as a secondary art. This is sad for them; since there is a depth to the work here. What Kanye is doing is addressing two aspects of his psyche, the id which comes out in the impulses that makes him a target and the ego that strives or something much higher. This is found from the very beginning of the album as Niki Minaj sits us down for a story that is like an old Grimm fairytale that segues into a chorus of the heavenly choir. These somber moments are what gives My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy its emotional weight. Kanye is playing with a persona that even he himself hasn't cultivated. On "Monster", his eyes flash red as he is committing atrocities on everyone that comes into contact with him. This is not a reality, but part of that fantasy that has grown up around him. He uses that to make a point about the perception that the media prism refracts and he is just refracting back at them like a game of telephone.

The album's centerpiece, "Runaway", is what brings this collection into focus. The mix of styles, from hip-hop to R&B, to classical to pop, shows the ambition that West is going for. This isn't just some fly-by-night rapper just making music for a buck.
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Vinyl?
Oh god, the Graduation vinyl is like a unicorn, if you find it, it's probably not real.

As for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, I'm sure you'll be able to preorder is soon.
Oct 23, 2010 by Dominic Arenas |  See all 12 posts
I think Kanye is brilliant , but he's a 100% ahole and needs a beatdown
When did he say he hates the white man..?
Jan 18, 2011 by RealCoolGuy |  See all 13 posts
Kanye West The Best?
Why post this crap 4 times, just to get a response?
Nov 16, 2010 by Ph0lly |  See all 8 posts
Tracklist feels incomplete
Agreed that it feels incomplete.

However, I think there is reason in this. I think that the album originally started off as the follow-up to Graduation ("Good Ass Job") and some of the missing tracks would have been more fitting for that kind of album. If you happened to see Kanye's... Read More
Oct 29, 2010 by JR |  See all 11 posts
5/5 STARS - Rolling Stone
I read this review a day or two ago, and it just made me even more excited about the album. Kanye is a musical genius, hate him or love him.

I'm really excited to hear if the album version of Power, is the same as the film version. I didn't care much for the single release, but I loved the... Read More
Nov 12, 2010 by Antonio Peace |  See all 12 posts
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