Graduation (Explicit Version) CD (2007)

Artist: Kanye West

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Given the remarkable critical and commercial success of 2005's Late Registration, Kanye West's rich, rewarding Graduation. Ever savvy, West flouts those expectations by delivering a record that delivers curveballs while staying true to his sharply sculpted, commercially minded m.o. West's rapping, never his greatest strength, is still entertaining. He delivers witty, smart, sometimes absurd rhymes (he seems to take more lyrical chances on Graduation) that fit nicely with the overall feel of his tracks.

As usual, it's West's productions that stand out. While there are examples of his style-defining use of classic R&B samples and background choirs (as on the feel-good highlight "I Wonder"), West streamlines his sound to center on synth-driven lines, giving many of the tracks a retro-electro new wave feel. "Stronger," for example, another standout, is powered by a vocoder-drenched vocal sample, which implies that West might have been listening to more Kraftwerk than Motown to get hyped. The overall results make for a fun, inventive album that offers proof that West still has tricks up his sleeve.

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 205135700
UPC 602517412200
UPC 14 00602517412200
Format CD
Release Date 9/11/2007
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Author Kanye West
Product Attributes
Artist West,Kanye
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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