Kanye West
808s and Heartbreak


2.5
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Review

by sfk USER (1 Reviews)
August 31st, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A so-so attempt at a Concept album

808s and Heartbreak was Kanye West's first real attempt at a concept album. The album is really uneven and has innovative moments and plain boring moments. I loved this album back in 2008 but ,compared to West's subsequent albums, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" and "Yeezus", this album is ordinary and seems designed for radio. The real problem with this album is that it doesn't take enough chances. Kanye West is at his best when he abandons traditional modern hip hop and creating shocking abrasive work.

"Say You Will" and "Welcome To Heartbreak" start the album on a dark and angry note that is also unfortunately a very boring one.

Track#3 Heartless is probably destined to be a pop classic. This song is probably the most catchy on the album. But, it is also the most ordinary.

"Amazing ft. Young Jeezy" is only so-so. Kanye's Sing-songy delivery is lame to say the least and an incredibly poor use of Autotune. Young Jeezy's verses are crisp and creative but really just standard.

"Love Lockdown" is another standout on a so-so album. This song is the best use of Autotune I have ever seen in hip-hop. This song is the complex song on the album and shows the genius that West can be.

"Paranoid" and "Robocop" are stupid. Plain and Simple.

"Street Lights" is a good use of Autotune and reminds me of Stevie Wonder circa 1970-1980s. In fact, Kanye even sounds like Mr. Wonder in this song.

Bad News is boring and nothing special.

"See You In My Nightmares" is really a disappointment. This song features an awful electronic beat and really poor spoken-word style rapping from Lil Wayne. Simply Awful.

"Coldest Winter is yet another awful song.

"Pinocchio Story" is actually quite clever. It features a Auto-tuned Kanye crooning about what it means to be a celebrity. The following lyrics from "Pinocchio Story" neatly sums up Kanye's musical aspirations:"They always say "Kanye, he keeps it real boy"
"Pinocchio's story is, I just wanna be a real boy"


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Gwyn.
August 31st 2013


15103 Comments


First paragraph wasn't that bad barring some grammar issues, after that it's just shit and more shit

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2013


50380 Comments


gay fish yo

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TooLateToGoBack
August 31st 2013


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

damn bro

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2013


50380 Comments


Is Gay Fish a bonus track, I'm not seeing it in the track listing

Timeizillmatic9
August 31st 2013


256 Comments


it's a like a track by track review but it's not

Timeizillmatic9
August 31st 2013


256 Comments


my favorite line: "Paranoid" and "Robocop" are stupid. Plain and Simple."

TooLateToGoBack
August 31st 2013


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

literally called Bad News boring

demigod!
August 31st 2013


44445 Comments


Robocop is awesome never heard the rest

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Gwyn.
August 31st 2013


15103 Comments


it's pretty dec

saccharine as fuck at some points but it's relaxing and pretty

cagedescending
August 31st 2013


4124 Comments


review is Mrs. P-U

slep
August 31st 2013


1604 Comments


this is bad even for a track-by-track approach. try to describe the general feel of the album cohesively, rather than song to song

Cygnatti
August 31st 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album rules hard tho

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ShadowRemains
August 31st 2013


20743 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

There is not much wrong with the review.


rofl no

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Gwyn.
August 31st 2013


15103 Comments




Storm In A Teacup
August 31st 2013


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This nigga called Paranoid stupid what the fudge cake

Storm In A Teacup
August 31st 2013


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For a first review it's fine. The critiquing comments are still in-bounds, but some are on the border of treating it like it's the users 5th or 10th review.

Funeralopolis
August 31st 2013


11368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album rocks

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NapalmCrusader
September 1st 2013


1737 Comments


Bad, less interesting album of kanye by far.

sublimefan1991
September 1st 2013


757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

terrible review.

"The real problem with this album is that it doesn't take enough chances."

after 3 very successful rap albums 808s features...

1. basically no rapping by kanye
2. heavy autotune usage
3. distorted bass drum sounds throughout
4. tribal drums/screams
5. almost no sampling

all of these are radically different steps than he'd taken prior to this album that made him commercially successful, so to say that the album doesn't take enough chances if fundamentally incorrect.

RosaParks
September 1st 2013


14908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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