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Carnival Featuring Refugee Al [Explicit Lyrics]

Wyclef Jean Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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1. Intro/Court/Clef/Intro (Skit/Interlude)
2. Apocalypse
3. Guantanamera
4. Pablo Diablo (Interlude)
5. Bubblegoose
6. Prelude To 'All The Girls' (Interlude)
7. To All The Girls
8. Down Lo Ho (Interlude)
9. Anything Can Happen
10. Gone Till November
11. Words Of Wisdom (Interlude)
12. Year Of The Dragon
13. Sang Fezi
14. Fresh Interlude
15. Mona Lisa
16. Street Jeopardy
17. Killer M.C. (Interlude)
18. We Trying To Stay Alive
19. Gunpowder
20. Closing Arguments (Interlude/Skit)
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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"Taste the culture, know who you are," exhorts a voice in the opening seconds of The Carnival. While Fugees mastermind Wyclef sets a high goal for his first solo album, essentially a follow-up to the Brooklyn hip-hoppers' multiplatinum The Score, he never succumbs to feel-goodism or preachiness while traveling the songlines. Including everything from over-the-top operatic scatting to Bee Gees samples and Celia Cruz as part of its rhythm nation, The Carnival proves that, "Killing Me Softly" or no, the rapper/producer is far from losing his knack for mad fun and games. And, indeed, if you're not careful, you may end up learning something: witness the ballad "Gone Till November," a drug runner's unflinching lament. --Rickey Wright

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Wyclef Jean ~ Presents Carnival Featuring Ref

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Star album April 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Carnival posesses possibly the most creative musical production of any Hip Hop album during the 90s. It's not a surprise because of Wyclef Jean's diverse musical outings, from hip hop, Latin American, reggae, haitian, calypso, rock, and everything in between. I can't say if there is any large Hip Hop star that has the cultural insightfulness and diversity that Wyclef has. Being Caribbean myself I'm in love for the fact that he has patios lyricism displayed here. I would love to see him team up with France's superhero MC Solaar. The album is less serious than the Score, which it is otherwise a general follow-up, including a more comical feel. But this isn't to say this is 3feet High and Rising Part II, it's got it's share of introspective and serious topics. Overall it's a masterpiece, however I took a five star away because I am convince that Wyclef Jean was holding back. He could have included more intellectual lyrics on the album than he did. Otherwise, if you want the ultimate Hip Hop collection then you MUST own this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Party Music Aug. 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is perfect to set your party on fire. It was chill songs as well as some jumpin ones. Well, enough can't be said: JUST BUY IT NOW !!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Eclecticism June 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
Crestfallen Fugee fans can find solace in their bereavement with this fine album written and produced by one of hip hops's finest, Wyclef Jean. Wyclef's style is very genuine, and he keeps his heart out on his sleeve on every track on The Carnival. There is just about everything you could ask for on this recording. Tonze of funny skits, solid rap tracks, love songs, songs in other languages. They're all good too. Although this album has many discrepancies from the Fugee albums, it's still worth owning if you liked the Fugees or any other hip hop acts that aren't overly interested in limning gruesome scenes of gangsters, guns and crime (i.e. J5, Pharcyde, De La, Tribe).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wyclef Jean - Decent CD May 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
We Just Trying to Stay Alive is the best song on this album. The rest are mediocre tracks that pack emotion but don't have great beats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare masterwork April 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a big hip-hop fan, staying closer to the alternative rock music I listened to in high school and college most of the time, but this album has blown me away. Every song is thoughtful and gets my body moving. Wyclef is a talent to be reckoned with and I can't wait to hear his next album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars (3-1/2 stars) Great at the beginning, but then... March 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 1997 the Fugees decided to try their hands at solo work. Wyclef Jean came out first with his solo album The Carnival. The album is overall decent, but sometimes there's not enough flavor.
The first half of the album contains the best songs. Tracks like "Anything Can Happen", "Gone Till November" (some of the lyrics are different here than in the video version) and my personal favorite "Apocalypse" should keep fans happy. But after a while, some of the songs on the rest of the album start to sound the same.
This album has 24 tracks, and as soon as you get past track 12, most of the songs come off more as okay rather than good. The only real exception is "We Trying To Stay Alive" (which made a lot of diehard rap fans finally admit that the Bee Gees made some dope music). Not to say that the end of the album isn't good, but I don't think the album would have suffered if some of the songs weren't on there. And another thing is that there are too many skits on the album that follow the same joke. The first skit is interesting, but after a while the skits start to drag.
But this album is still good to listen to. Truth be told, this is the only good solo album Wyclef had, so don't bother with his other two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Start Followed By A Slow Finish Nov. 27 2002
Format:Audio CD
While this album is over an hour in length, only half of that time is actual music. The rest of it consists of several comedic sketches, though I hardly felt that they legitimately qualified as being comedic. Songs like "Gone 'Til November" and "Guantanamera" are awesome. All the other songs on the album are good, too. With the exception of "Gone 'Til November," which is one of the last tracks on the album, this CD is a piece of work that deminished in quality and entertainment value with the passing of each song or comedic sketch. Still, if you're a Wyclef Jean fan (which I happen to be) you'll enjoy the album very much. Besides the fact that there wasn't as many songs on this album as I had hoped, my only other criticism is that the album didn't contain the hip-hop version of "Gone 'Til November" that was played endlessly on the radio. I loved that song and I bought this album hoping that it would be on there. This isn't Wyclef's best body of work, but it's still really well done and enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album Sept. 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Classic album. This is a must get for any true hip hop lovers. Enjoy some good music and have fun!
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