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Carnival Vol. 2: Memoirs Of An Immigrant

Wyclef Jean Audio CD

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1. Intro
2. Riot (featuring Serj Tankian and Sizzla)
3. Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) (featuring Akon, Lil Wayne and introducing Niia)
4. Welcome To The East (featuring Sizzla)
5. Slow Down (featuring T.I.)
6. King & Queen (featuring Shakira)
7. Fast Car (featuring Paul Simon)
8. What About The Baby (featuring Mary J. Blige)
9. Hollywood Meets Bollywood (Immigration) (featuring Chamillionaire)
10. Any Other Day (featuring Norah Jones)
11. Heaven's In New York
12. Selena (featuring Melissa Jimenez)
13. Touch Your Button Carnival Jam (featuring Will.I.Am, Melissa Jimenez, Machel Montano, Daniela Mercury, Black Alex, Djkout Mizik)
14. Outro

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Because Wyclef Jean is a more skilled eraser of musical boundaries than most, his sixth solo record skips through pop, hip-hop, dance, reggae, and rock without sounding like some crazy, over-ambitious jumble. All the way through, context--this being a continuation of the 1997 disc The Carnival and all the keen-eyed social chronicling that came with it--keeps a listener on course. But don't dip into Carnival II expecting to come away with a tweaked conscience and not a lot more; though the songwriting is all serious business ("What About the Baby," with the always on-point and powerful Mary J. Blige, brings a domestic drama memorably to life, and "Welcome to the East" fixes binoculars on violence and doesn't flinch), Wyclef keeps a serious mood at arm's length throughout a lot of this material. In that way, songs like "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," with Akon, feel energized by an activist's sensibility, but escape falling down the rabbit hole of bummer-dom. Lightness prevails, in fact, where you'd least expect it: "Fast Car," with Paul Simon, makes its point with positivity, hope, and a vibe that can only be described as cool, and "Riot," with the supremely gifted Serj Tankian, will get you body-rockin' and bent out of shape all at once. --Tammy La Gorce

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Jean,Wyclef ~ Carnival 2: Memoirs Of An Immigrant

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wyclef Jean - Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant Feb. 18 2008
By Done - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wyclef Jean's sixth solo album "Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" (2007) is a short enjoyable release. The Haitian MC and Producer delivers an outstanding album which will be enjoyed by an international audience. The diversity of guest appearances on this release is impressive with global guest appearances coming from Serj Tankian (Lebanon), Sizzla (Jamaica), Akon (Senegal), Lil Wanye (New Orleans, Louisana), Niia (Needham, Massachusetts), Shakira (Barranquilla, Columbia), Paul Simon (Newark, New Jeresy), Mary J Blige (Bronx, New York), Chamillionaire (Houston, Texas), Aadesh Shrivastava (India), Norah Jones (Brooklyn, New York), Melissa Jiménez (New Jeresy), Will.i.am (Los Angeles, California), Machel Montano (Trinidad and Tobago), Daniela Mercury, (Salvador, Brazil), Black Alex (Haiti), Shabba Ranks (Jamaica), Djakout Muzik (Haiti), Lucina(Mexico), Sun (Singapore), Elephant Man (Jamaica) & Tony Matterhorn (Jamaica). Clef makes his intro with his daughter talking in the background, leading up to the album's first full length track "Riot" Feat. Serj Tankian (Of System of a Down)& Sizzla a solid track - I like how Wyclef references Big Pun and rhymes like him for a minute. I have two favourite track's on this release, one is the lead single "Sweetest Girl" (Dolla Bill) which features appearances from Akon, Nia & Lil Wayne. Akon's borrows the chorus from Wu-Tang's famous song "C.R.E.A.M." singing soulfully, in a musical tale about deportation - everyone hold's their own on this first class track. The later favorite is a collaboration with T.I. on "Slow Down" a highlight track, Wyclef rhymes and sings about many of the problems of the world, with T.I. relating, Wyclef's chorus is outstanding & the track has a positive message behind it, some people need to slow down & rethink the directions they are moving in life. Shakira delivers some soulfully smooth vocals for the love ballad "King & Queen". "Fast Car" is a laidback collaboration with singer/guitarist Paul Simon. Mary J Blige & Wyclef reunite for another on point collaboration on "What About The Baby". Musical director Aadesh Shrivastava of India provides the backdrop for "Hollywood Meets Bollywood" (Immigration) which features an appearance from Chamillionaire. "Any Other Day" is a mellow collaboration with the multi talented Norah Jones in a track which was originally made for a Hurricane Katrina benefit album. "Heaven's In New York" is the only full length track which has Wyclef on solo, and its a memorable one dedicated to refugees worldwide, Clef sings soulfully " If it was my last day on earth I'd treat it like my first go out the way I came in so innocent so pure with no thoughts of insecurity Live life to the fullest be what I wanna be...". Wyclef and Mexican american singer Melissa pay tribute to the late "Selena" while "Touch Your Button Carnival Jam" is the album's biggest collaboration featuring will.i.am, Melissa Jiménez, Machel Montano, Daniela Mercury, Black Alex, Shabba & Djakout Muzik. Bonus track's include "On Tour" Feat. Lucina & "China Wine" Feat. Sun, Elephant Man & Tony Matterhorn. Wyclef Jean provides a high quality release full of uplifting music with "Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant".
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Collaborations hurt by over-production Dec 5 2007
By D. Hoelck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wyclef Jean likes music, and he doesn't discriminate by genre. His jack of all trades approach to his past albums brought a distinctly unique feel to them, but with this latest effort, it seems that while he may well be a jack of all trades, he's a master of none.
Jean's a producer at heart, and it's always shown. Relying on the collaborative effort to produce his visions has always worked well for him, and this album is no exception. A huge issue in production, however, is knowing when to stop.
Almost every one of Jean's songs feels like a mess. There's energy and passion, but there is no clarity to it. Mixing genres is fine, but the plan wasn't realized here, and just taking the different musical styles and throwing them into a blender isn't going to be enough.
For all the passion, talent, and exploration here, there just wasn't enough planning.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bootleg Buyer, But I Understand Dec 8 2007
By Shamontiel L. Vaughn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I know this album is called "The Carnival," but I don't understand why it only has Wyclef Jean's name on the cover. There are so many guest appearances on this album that it should be called Wyclef and Friends. When 11 out of 14 songs have a guest rapper/singer/musician on it (and some with numerous guest appearances), the album has bypassed a solo artists' album and become an collaborative concert. It worries me that Wyclef is such a strong artist but let the other artists carry him on this album, especially when "The Carnival" and "The Ecleftic" were such great albums because of songs he did alone.
The beats on this album don't stand out at all, and then when he does conscious songs about subjects like young prostitution, crime, and poverty, the beats bug me because they're so happy-go-lucky. It's like Jean decided to hide messages behind clap-your-hands-singalong tunes, and it didn't work.
I'm a firm supporter of cinema, music, and literary artists, but this is one time when I understand why people buy bootlegs. I couldn't be more disapppointed, and I'm such a fan of his music, but this CD was so dumbed down that I can't even find anything good to say about it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like King Midas as I was told.... Dec 11 2007
By Joshua M. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Everything Clef touches turns to gold. Wyclef has definitely sold out (see his "concert" exclusively for WalMart) but it only means more of his easily earned cash will benefit the charitable causes he sustains. He is one of the few stars who blends activism and humanitarinism in his lyrics, his phat beats and the resulting non-stop Carnival vibe he rides on.

The collaborations on this party album have matched voices no one else would ever attempt...Wyclef and Norah Jones??? Paul Simon??? Wow. Shakira leaves her imprint as does Mary J. Blige, but they're regulars.
More impressive to me is Clef's ability to weave the legendary voice of Sizzla Kalonji into this record. Sizzla doesn't disappoint, but he might get outshined by Akon and Weezy on "Sweetest Girl," or by Chamillionaire on "Hollywood Meets Bollywood." See, Wyclef knows there are billions of potential fans in India, so he puts some wicked bhangra on his record. He knows Mexicans love music, so he sings a tribute to Selena, accompanied by the impressive Melissa Jimenez.

This may be part two of the multicultural masterpiece Wyclef dropped on Carnival, but it's decidedly less Carribean, and less emotional. Now you hear juicy beats and pumping bass, even the intense ramblings of Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Wyclef is a mad chemist!

Just wait for the finale, the 13-minute "Touch Your Button" Carnival extravaganza, the surest way to drive totally across town riding Clef's raucous riddims. Now let's see Wyclef lead the way to solve problems in Haiti and everywhere else where people starve.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars decide for yourself Feb. 26 2008
By carolynsd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this is my first wyclef cd. I had heard the big single a million times on the radio, and loved it. ill be honest, the first few times i listened to this, i couldnt relate to it at all. then it started to grow on me. now, what i love about it is its incredible diversity, and complexity. every single time i listen to it (frequently) i hear something i havent heard before. I think the reviewers who are panning this for being 'pop' are off the mark. no, its not a tupac cd (god rest him), theres no cursing or talking about shooting people. it is music of the heart. i find it very uplifting and thought provoking. thanks wyclef---im a fan for life!

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