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Late Registration

An album by Kanye West

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  • Mar 17, 2007
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Kanye West proves one thing if nothing else: Not all rap is created equal. Like many other achievements in popular music, West takes elements from soul, jazz, and pop, to mix with his bright, witty lyrics. Fun but also formidable, Kanye takes on the trappings of American material culture and understandably finds much to mock. With different meters and measures, Kanye West makes all other efforts seem stale. Giving snatches of wit, his rapping inspires some real laughs. While inserting the soundtrack of a seductive siren voice singing "Diamonds Are Forever," he tears off about the divide between American dreams and their (too often) unattainment. On 'Late Registration' the joker's wild--and often wise.

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review by . February 19, 2007
posted in Music Matters
Kanye West proves one thing if nothing else: Not all rap is created equal. Like many other achievements in popular music, West takes elements from soul, jazz, and pop, to mix with his bright, witty lyrics. Fun but also formidable, Kanye takes on the trappings of American material culture and understandably finds much to mock. With different meters and measures, Kanye West makes all other efforts seem stale. Giving snatches of wit, his rapping inspires some real laughs. While inserting the soundtrack …
review by . January 03, 2006
I thought Kanye's first album was ok and thats really on the fact that half the album is skits now if he didn't use so many that album deserves what it got. This album is pure genius I'm talken perfect straight play no next song skips. You can hate Kanye West but the truth is you need to love him because this album is bringing back the true beauty of hip-hop I mean this album is nothing short of hard work.     The first point noticed about this album is the production the beats …
review by . November 06, 2005
posted in Music Matters
I thought Kanye's first album was ok and thats really on the fact that half the album is skits now if he didn't use so many that album deserves what it got. This album is pure genius I'm talken perfect straight play no next song skips. You can hate Kanye West but the truth is you need to love him because this album is bringing back the true beauty of hip-hop I mean this album is nothing short of hard work. The first point noticed about this album is the production the beats are so different and …
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For haters eager to see Kanye hit a sophomore slump--no such luck.Late Registrationcan't replicate the novelty of last year'sCollege Dropout, but otherwise, this is an impressively more mature and labored-over album. Lyrically, Kanye's only improved a notch but musically, the album sounds incredible, especially with co-producer Jon Brion helping polish the songs to perfection. Tracks like "Heard 'Em Say" (featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine) and "Hey Mama," are richly textured in their soulfulness while the flint-edge of "Crack Music" and "Gone" (feat. Cam'ron) will appeal to the street-oriented. There's a few duds on here--the sickly-sweet, syrupy "Bring Me Down" (feat. Brandy) being one of the worst offenders--but when the album's good, it's very, very good. In short, Kanye's detractors may not be swayed in their resistance to his charms but not only will his past supporters be rewarded butLate Registrationhas enough appeal to earn new crowds of fans. --Oliver Wang
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