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Learn more about Graduation (Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 205135700
UPC: 602517412200
UPC 14: 00602517412200
Release Date: 9/11/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Good Morning ~ Kanye West
2. Champion ~ Kanye West
3. Stronger ~ Kanye West
4. I Wonder ~ Kanye West
5. Good Life ~ Kanye West
6. Can't Tell Me Nothing ~ Kanye West
7. Barry Bonds ~ Kanye West
8. Drunk and Hot Girls ~ Kanye West
9. Flashing Lights ~ Kanye West
10. Everything I Am ~ Kanye West
11. Glory, The ~ Kanye West
12. Homecoming ~ Kanye West
13. Big Brother ~ Kanye West
 
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.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Connie Mitchell, Tanya Herron (vocals); Young Jeezy (rap vocals); Mike Dean (guitars); Luigi Mazzocchi, Gloria Justen, Eric Gorfain, Charles Parker , Igor Szwec, Daphne Chen, Emma Kummrow, Olga Konopelsky (violin); Alexandra Leem, Peter Nocella, Leah Katz, Alma Fernandez (viola); Richard Dodd, John Krovoza (cello); The Wired Strings (strings); Omar Edwards (Fender Rhodes piano); Lamar "Mars" Edwards, Andy Chatterly, Darryl Beaton, Jon Brion, Chris Rob (keyboards); Tim Resler, Vincent 'Biggs' James (bass guitar); Timbaland (programming); Jehireh Williams, Jalil Williams, John Legend, Ne-Yo (background vocals); Eric Hudson, Tony 'Penafire' Williams, Jay-Z, Jennie Lorenzo, Section Quartet.
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Chris Martin (vocals); DJ Premier (scratches); Dwele, Lil Wayne, Mos Def, T-Pain.
Muze PNote Given the remarkable critical and commercial success of 2005's LATE REGISTRATION, Kanye West's rich, rewarding sophomore release, expectations were high for 2007's 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.
Muze PNote 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 courtesy of French dance superstars Daft Punk, which finds West again more comfortable in hip-hop's uncharted waters. The overall results make for a fun, inventive album that offers proof that West still has tricks up his sleeve.

Producer: Nottz; Tommy D; Toomp; Mike Dean; Kanye West; Jon Brion

Engineer: Bram Tobey; Jason Agel; Jared Robbins; Kengo Sakura; Andy Marcinkowski; Matty Green; Anthony Palazzole; Nate Hertweck; Dale Parsons
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Kanye West - Graduation - CD Review
By: Ravi Vora Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 9/12/2007 12:29 AM
Each song has its own beat that has been lovingly taken, and rapped over by Kanye's sarcastic and slightly pungent voice, as he tells stories of his life and relationships. However, there is no tie that makes Graduation a collection of songs that tell a story together. Instead, there are hits and misses thrown together on this soon-to-be popular album....read the full review

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Muze Music Compilations We Global
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Muze Music Compilations In A Perfect World
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Muze Music Compilations Death Of Adam(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Best Of NOW That's What I Call Music - 10th Anniversary Edition
Muze Music Compilations Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 10
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits 2
Muze Music Compilations Love Vs Money(Explicit Version)
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Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Club Hits
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Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations INTUITION(Explicit Version)
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Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday
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Associated Artists and Works

Estelle
J. Period
G.O.O.D. Music: Remixed and Unreleased [PA] ~ J. Period
Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [PA] ~ Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [Deluxe Edition] [PA] [Digipak] ~ Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [Clean Version] ~ Jay-Z
Kid, DJ Whoo

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/11/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B-000954102
Music Label Name Label : Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517412200

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.90)
- 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "This is an album that you first like ,then love....He's grown as a writer....The music needs his spazzed out, neurotic creativity more than ever."

Rolling Stone (p.108)
- Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "[T]he year's most high-impact work..."

Spin (p.114)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "West's third album is mesmerizing and alienating, like all the purest forms of pop culture. Its music is a rush of designer adrenaline..."

Q (p.95)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Musically, West is still capable of the inspirational. The cocktail piano of opening track 'I Wonder' soon gives way to the towering layers of '80s synthesizers that characterise the whole album."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   West,Kanye
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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