Diddy
Last Train to Paris


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by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2010 | 54 replies | 6,827 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Diddy begins a trek to reclaim the girl he loves and inadvertently copies Kanye almost every step of the way.

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

Anybody well acquainted with the 90’s hip-hop scene is familiar with Sean Combs, alternatively known by a bevy of aliases. The Bad Boy record exec.’s legacy is a tried and true rags-to-riches story, but does its part in holding up the saying “it’s a cut throat world.” Combs has garnered a reputation for ‘using’ artists and throwing them away when he’s done with them; in essence, being a Grade-A a**hole and, euphemistically speaking, just doing his job. When not being a cold-hearted industry figurehead, Diddy dabbles in music making himself, often to the chagrin of anybody with a set of functioning ears. Nonetheless, he has twelve chart-topping hits under his belt and has succeeded in moving twelve million units internationally. Last Train to Paris is his fifth release and it’s better than you think it’d be.

Diddy stated himself that one of the aims of the album was to “express emotion,” adding that he intended it to be a breath of fresh air, as so many records out were the same old song and dance, failing to transcend superficiality. But a glance at the tracklisting and the statement is an obvious paradox. Diddy stands alongside a myriad of big name contemporary R&B and mainstream hip-hop artists and the Dirty Money duo comprised of vocalists Kalenna Harper and Dawn Richard (both formerly of Danity Kane). Although this is to be expected, it’s disappointing and due to the overall vocal ineptness, the only thing the LP can really feed off of emotionally is its concept. Believe it or not, Last Train to Paris is, in fact, a love story; one that is fleshed out by a poor cast, but a love story nonetheless. Pleasingly enough, the plot is neither obtusely simple nor complex and intricate. In summation, a passionate, unfulfilled one-night fling turns into a quest that finds our hero Diddy making transatlantic crossings, yearning for second chances, and traversing a couple of Western Europe metropolises in a hectic search for the love of his life.

Lest you forget, the ultimate crux of this album is its sonic aesthetic, but it’s a sturdy crux at that. Despite taking a decidedly poppy direction, Last Train to Paris transcends the traditional American hip-pop vein in favor of a more mature fusion of electronica and dance music with distinctive European accents. The production is infectious and almost impels dancing, but it’s a more sophisticated strain of club music. Its influences are far reaching, varying from techno to house, disco to Europop, and the music in and of itself is incredibly well-developed. Under all of its technical complexity and artiness, there’s a prevailing, odd soulfulness to it, and that’s an achievement in and of itself.

New York Magazine posed a quasi-rhetorical question on Last Train to Paris in its compare/contrast article: “Could Diddy’s [artsy] electronic epic be more interesting than Kanye’s [artsy rock] one?” The answer is a blatant ‘no.’ Despite being Diddy’s magnum opus, it’s ultimately just a dressed-up pop album, and even worse, an unrealized concept. Last Train to Paris is propelled by sheer ambition and magnificent production and, quite frankly, that’s just not enough. A well-planned idea does not equal a well-done one, and when it’s all said and done, Last Train to Paris isn’t the latter.



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Bulldog
December 23rd 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Eh, over a week late but this needed a review. It's streaming on his Myspace for those of you who care to listen.

http://www.myspace.com/diddy

Urinetrouble
December 23rd 2010



5760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review. album is kinda lame

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2010



31140 Comments


electronica and dance music


Pretty much one and the same man

Its influences are far reaching and the music in and of itself is incredibly well-developed.


What influences? Give me examples, and explain how it's so well developed

I imagine this is Diddy (or the artist formerly known as I couldn't really give a fuck) just emulating Guetta a bit, am I wrong?


Digging: Banks - Goddess

OutOfMyself
December 23rd 2010



688 Comments


Is Diddy even considered relevant anymore?

Hawks
December 23rd 2010



35824 Comments


I don't think he ever was really. He's annoying as shit, especially in the background of Biggie's albums.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

Bulldog
December 23rd 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Is Diddy even considered relevant anymore?


This album sold 80,000 copies in its first week, so kind of.

I'm on it, Deviant.

OutOfMyself
December 23rd 2010



688 Comments


This album sold 80,000 copies in its first week, so kind of.

Damn, I'm sad to hear that.

He's annoying as shit, especially in the background of Biggie's albums.

Doesn't help that he sucked all the money possible out of Biggie's legacy either.

Hawks
December 23rd 2010



35824 Comments


All he does is go, "Yeah, let's go, yeah." It's so fucking retarded.

OutOfMyself
December 23rd 2010



688 Comments


And now he's rolling in money. I need to find a rapper that'll let me do the backing vocals in their album.

Urinetrouble
December 23rd 2010



5760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dude needs to stop with music all together. people at my school think he's still somewhat relevant

Bulldog
December 23rd 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In 2006, his net worth was 346 million USD. He has a lot of business ventures though.

Also, although he has done quite the disservice to Biggie's legacy and did gay backing vocals "for" him, he produced a few tracks on Ready to Die.

Urinetrouble
December 23rd 2010



5760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^that alone deserves some sort of praise, right?




Hawks
December 23rd 2010



35824 Comments


I need to find a rapper that'll let me do the backing vocals in their album.

I'm actually the one yelling FLOCKA a billion times in Waka Flocka Flame's album.

OutOfMyself
December 23rd 2010



688 Comments


I'm actually the one yelling FLOCKA in Waka Flocka Flame's album.

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME
FLOCKA
FLOCKA
FLAME
WAKA WAKA WAKA FLOCKA
WAKA WAKA WAKA
FLOCKA FLOCKA FLOCKA
FLAME

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2010



31140 Comments


I'm the guy who says "yeah" in anything Timbaland related

OutOfMyself
December 23rd 2010



688 Comments


I'm the guy going "AYY, AYY, OK" in every Gucci Mane song.
Wait that means I'm OJ Da Juiceman.
Fuck, well this sucks.

Bulldog
December 23rd 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

im the guy who does all the adlibs in anything lil jon related

im lil jon

Hawks
December 23rd 2010



35824 Comments


Am I weird for actually like Waka Flocka?

OutOfMyself
December 23rd 2010



688 Comments


How dare you have your own opinion? STOP IT RIGHT NOW.

Bulldog
December 23rd 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No. Much to my surprise, Flockaveli was pretty good.



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