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Album Review

Remember when Kanye West threatened to make an album where he would bear his heartbroken soul, align with T-Pain, sing on every song with the then inescapable Auto-Tune effect, and lean on the Roland TR-808 drum machine? It could have been a wreck, a case of an artist working through paralyzing heartache while loose in a toy store. Except West wasn't joking. In various spots across 808s & Heartbreak, the constant flutter of West's processed voice is enlivened by the disarming manner in which despair and dejection are conveyed. Several tracks have almost as much in common with irrefutably bleak post-punk albums as contemporary rap and R&B. For anyone sifting through a broken relationship and self-letdown, this could all be therapeutic.

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It's Amazing

Some argue auto-tune is gone, and should only be used by t-pain, but Kanye uses it in the most intuitive way, the vocal processing seems to appear every time Kanye is either upset or angry. People dislike his attempt to sing, but it has always been his dream to sing, auto-tune has given him that chance. You should always strive towards your dream, no matter who you are, but critics are denying this star his real dream by negatively criticizing this style of music. Production values on the album are stunning accompanied with great samples as seen in tracks like 'Coldest Winter' and 'Robocop'. One of the best Kanye ablums to date, one that really captures the raw emotion of the moment and allows any listener to relate to what he has gone through over the last year. You should not buy a few tracks from the album, buy the full album, it allows you to experience the emotion as if it was a story rather than a single piece of music. Please enjoy this album as much as I did.

Very Creative.

- Different - Creative - Emotional

808's A great album

Well the album is great most wont know that kanye wrote the album for his mother, if you cant figure it out his mom pasted away this year and broke up with his girlfriend.A change from hiphop to a litttle pop dance music so it will be change from his old albums . some great song are heartless, see you in my nightmares and streetlight. Cant wait to see him live wish he bought N.E.R.D and lupe but nas will great to see. I think the album is great


Born: 08 June 1977 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In the span of three short years, Kanye West went from hip-hop beatmaker to worldwide hitmaker, as his stellar production work for Jay-Z led to a major-label recording contract and, ultimately, a wildly successful solo career. West paired his beats with tongue-twisting raps and a self-assured, flamboyant personality. His dapper fashion sense set him apart from many of his rap peers, and his confidence often came across as boastful or even egotistical, albeit amusingly so. This flamboyance, of course,...
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