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75 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only listen to hip hop promptly move your cursor to the top left of this screen and click the arrow pointing left., December 12, 2008
This review is from: 808s & Heartbreak (Audio CD)
This album will not be fully appreciated until it is rediscovered 15 years from now by kids that have never heard College Dropout, Late Registration, or Graduation. They will be impressed by the primal sounding drums, mixed with the deep bass of the TR-808, haunting keyboards and Kanye's vocals channeled through the autotune program. They will notice how he uses this effect to turn his voice into that of a brooding android, as apposed to the Happybot that T-Pain conjures out of the program, which when added to the sonic backdrop gives the album a post-apocalyptic feel.

I can't wait until this album does get the respect it most certainly deserves. I believe that is the most daring album to come out in my life time and I've been around the block a time or two. It is extremely ugly and amazingly beautiful all at once. Bravo Kanye!

Favorites (in no particular order):
Say you will
Welcome to heartbreak
Love Lockdown
Street Lights
Bad News
See you in my nightmares
Coldest Winter

Yes it's THAT GOOD!!!!!

Remove all prejudices and biases and give this album an honest listen. You will love it!
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2008 6:31:30 AM PST
R. Coley says:
Ha ha... You named the whole album. It's funny that people are saying it's bad just because it's not what Kanye put out in the past. Does an artist owe it to fans to continually put out the same stuff despite what the artist himself/herself are feeling? I agree that this album hasn't received the recognition that it deserves. I'm not much of a fan of Kanye's arrogant attitude, but the man makes infectious songs. I think people have to broaden their musical tastes a bit. I think it's a part of evolving. If you're not evolving, you're not growing as an individual. That's not to say that you should just like something just because it is different, but I believe this is the reason why it's getting such poor reviews.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 9:56:42 AM PST
Eddy Clark says:
I agree. The integration of real musical instruments is daring. This is the future of hip-hop.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 6:42:27 PM PST
Brooding android though?!?!? LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a dope review. I'm on it. Thanks!

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 3:50:31 PM PDT
S. Nazarov says:
I'm with you. Props.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2009 6:09:05 PM PDT
Erik says:
This is the first time I've listened to any of his stuff, and I really like it. I don't like rap or hip-hop, but I like this. Go figure. I also agree artists should be allowed to follow their muses; it's a lot more interesting that way.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 10:32:00 PM PDT
K. S. Chong says:
You didn't comment at all about the lyrics. Yes, they're not that great. No wordplay. Just autotune. You can imagine why fans of his first few albums are upset.

Posted on May 1, 2009 12:59:29 PM PDT
Well stated. I never dug Kanye's other stuff, but each album deserves a fair hearing and this is really, really good. The songs are heartfelt, bluesy and very addictive, and they also rock. All the studio songs on the album really work for me. People do need to stop putting artists into a box and let them grow, and try on new faces and styles. I like the direction that hip-hop is taking -- more songcraft, honest emotion, a wider range of instruments and mixing in elements of techno, blues and rock and roll.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 10:41:10 AM PDT
buyable says:
the integration of real instrumentals is daring? have you been listening to hip hop for like 2 years? i think anyone who really thinks this is dope is new to this genre

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 6:54:59 AM PST
Randy Giles says:
Nice review! It's a great and brooding album!

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 12:20:48 PM PDT
Lee Haskell says:
I was going to write a review but I gotta admit you said it better than anything I could've said! Well done.
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