Late Registration (studio album) by Kanye West
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The best album by Kanye West is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which is ranked number 34 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 32,341.
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Spoiler alert: The upcoming review is totally biased.
I am not sure if I can maintain the slightest degree of objectivity (not a fan of the term when it comes to music, but you get the point) To my mind Kanye West is a godlike figure not only in hip hop but music in general. To say he single – handedly ignited my interest for this particular genre would be a fair assessment. One might argue that he leans towards the poppier end of the spectrum, so it’s understandable that I find him more accessible than other hip hop greats. He is not too hip hop, but also not too non hip hop, if that makes sense. Maybe that’s the case. No matter how he did it, he opened a whole new world for me and made me realise the endless arising possibilities. Ok, I am a fanboy, point taken, let’s move on.
To follow up the widely acclaimed and commercially successful College Dropout was no easy task, but he delivered. Production is once more the major attraction, it’s head and shoulders above every other aspect of the album. Lyrics are often the center of attention in hip hop. Well, not here. For all I care, he could be mumbling random nonsense that nobody understands and it would still sound majestic nonetheless. I don’t mean to suggest that he does, there are many great lines here. In the space of a year he managed to reinvent the sound of his debut album. The themes are a bit more serious (though there are still some moments of fun) but he doesn’t hold anything back, he is as honest and ever. The sound is, well, massive. Bigger than a Hollywood blockbuster, more epic than Homer’s poems, you name it. The variety is also outstanding. Every song is unique. The core of his sound is still a pop take on soul/funk, but he has expanded in many different directions.
Picking some highlights would be close to impossible, it’s more or less the whole album (yes, even the skits were entertaining). In Heard’ em Say he struggles dealing with the difficulties of life (“So this is in the name of love like Robert say Before you ask me to go get a job today Can I at least get a raise of the minimum wage? And I know that the government administer AIDS So I guess we just pray like the minister say Allāhu Akbar and throw in some hot cars”) , but he accompanies it with none other than Adam Levine (crazy, I know). He makes a song with Adam Levine work, for that alone he deserves full credit, don’t know who else could have pulled that off. Touch the Sky comes with a pinch of disco, followed by the club/party oriented Gold Digger which provides tons of fun. Drive Slow has an irresistible jazzy vibe, the saxophone is on steroids. By the way, Paul Wall also belongs to the Adam Levine category (in the sense that Kanye makes these things work seemingly out of nowhere, even though they seem destined to fail). Crack Music is another cool tune with a wonderful gospel touch as the icing on the cake. Roses flows as smooth as anything I can think of. Kanye is on top form there (as a rapper I mean). Even the silly Addiction is so addictive (these cringeworthy puns are becoming a thing). Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) is just a huge song. Not a fan of remixes in general, but this is exemplary. If I had to pick one track that represents the whole album the most accurate, it would most likely be this one. We Major features Nas and is considered one of the weaker tracks. This speaks volumes about the depth of the album. Hey Mama is the pinnacle of songwriting, one of the most emotional and touching songs you can possibly encounter (“I wanna tell the whole world about a friend of mine This little light of mine and I'm finna let it shine I'm finna take y'all back to them better times I'm finna talk about my mama if y'all don't mind”). Then, as the title suggests, it’s time for Celebration- and deservedly so. And after all this insane ride, it seems he saved best for last. Gone keeps improving verse by verse. That’s what it means to go out with a bang. It’s worth noting that what I usually complain about in other album, here works the other way around. The most obvious example is the duration. It is 70 minutes long and it feels so short, it leaves you thirsty for more.
A great sequel to College Dropout.
Some great tracks, but lacking the consistency to be a great album.
Kanye West's production is what makes most gravitate towards him, but to me the production is generally tedious, repetitive, and annoying. It's not always this way, but most of the time it is. Guest features on this thing are easily the most enjoyable part, making Drive Slow the obvious standout track to me. The rest of the tracks are pretty skippable, especially Gold Digger, one of the most annoying and worthless songs of the 2000s.
More consistent album than The College Dropout and I'm not sure which I love more. In my opinion his sound just became more focused on this album and it's just such a nice listen.
Favourite songs: Roses, Diamonds From Sierra Leone, Gold Digger
Kanye followed up his impressive debut with a sophomore effort that, in my opinion, is superior.
Late registration is the big brother of college drop-out, It feels more mature and It is less disperse.
Fun album to listen to. This album is a little long for my taste, but still a fantastic album.
Probably my favorite Kanye album. The rich soul and depth of the lyrics, instrumentation, samples, and production. The catchy and impressive hooks and guest features. Even some of the skits are enjoyable. They contribute to the overarching theme of education, picking up where The College Dropout left off, and also add a lighthearted and comical break between some of the darker and more serious tracks. This is one of his most introspective and personal records, and it’s the first time he started showing more of an emotional vulnerability in his songwriting. Ego and controversy aside, Mr. West definitely knows how to craft a melodic and meaningful work of art.
Kanye made something beautiful here. Even better than The College Dropout, if you ask me.
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