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Ecleftic Sides II A Book

Wyclef Jean Audio CD
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1. Columbia Records
2. Where The Fugees At?
3. Kenny Rogers Dub Plate
4. Thug Angels
5. It Doesn't Matter - (featuring The Rock/Melky Sedeck)
6. 911
7. Pullin' Me In
8. Da Cypha
9. Runaway
10. Red Light Disctrict
11. Perfect Gentleman
12. Low Income
13. Whitney Houston Dub Plate
14. However You Want It
15. Hollywood To Hollywood
16. Diallo
17. Something About Mary
18. Bus Search
19. Wish You Were Here

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Welcome to hip-hop originality. On Wyclef Jean's The Ecleftic, his beats-beyond-borders ideology, seen on the Fugees' The Score and his own Carnival, shines bright. Rap's Renaissance man, he's pushing hip-hop forward with his musical vision. Firmly rooted in an inclusive old-school aesthetic (recalling Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa) he's got Kenny Rogers and Pharoahe Monch sharing space on a dub plate. Youssou N'Dour guests on the indignant, powerful "Diallo." And Mary J. Blige joins Wyclef for the mournfully beautiful duet "911." Though there are many musical flavors on The Ecleftic, Jean's deft musical arrangements prevent them from descending into tokenism. But at the end of the day, there's no doubt that this is hip-hop, with taut tracks like "Thug Angels," "However You Want It," and "Pulling Me In" showing that Wyclef's holding it down for the heads, some of whom felt that his Carnival was a little too poppy. The Ecleftic contains enough anger and righteous indignation to be real hip-hop, and enough humor and musical magic to be fun. --Lizz Mendez Berry

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Wyclef Jean ~ The Ecleftic: 2 Sides Ii A Book

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5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic to say the least July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wyclef and the Refugee Camp hold a cross-genre fan base, being one of the influences of the hip hop world that can truly be said to have very high level of acceptance and support from non-hip-hop heads. Eleftic demonstraits why this is so beautifully. Wyclef comes with a strong album sporting an array of music that is as diverse as it is well crafted. Inspirations from classic rock, regae, soul, R&B, Dance and many other sources are noticable all over the album while successfully maintaing a very hip hop feel throughout the entire thing. This genre balancing act can be tricky but Wyclef does this wonderfully, and possibly even better than on his last solo album. The lyrics and rhymes range from not bad, to pretty good, and the singing is good as well. But the real star here is the music. The beats are diverse and enjoyable and will satisfy almost anyone. Songs like "wish you were here", "Run away", "911", "Doesnt matter", and "pulling me in" all sport styles that are different and have unique flavors to them and "Diallo Diallo" showcases wyclef's social conscious edge to his work.
All things considered some hip hop heads will argue that there isn't enough rap, or that it doesn't suit thier tastes. But Ecleftic can hold a rare title of being "hip hop for people who dont really like hip hop". And for me, and many other hip hop fans, elecftic will represent something different and a little innovative with great production work. Beats catchy enough to make you bob your head and enough soul to make you want to sing along, and plenty of culture - Wyclef proves once again on Ecleftic that hip hop is an artform that can be effectively used as glue to hold together many elements of several different musical genres at the same time, and bring it all together in a melody that's different pieces oddly compliment one another beautifully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Aight July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
I like The Carnival and Preacher's Son better, but this is listenable. As far as musically, Wyclef's improved, but he is kinda immature on this album. "Where Fugees At?" is a good beat, but why's he askin? Supposedly it's his fault that they split up, according to Pras(though he's not a very reliable source). Clef also makes the mistake of trying to take on Canibus, his former protege(Canibus blamed Wyclef for the failure of his debut, and dissed him on "2000 B.C."). Clef is obviously no match for Canibus and if 'Bis retaliated on him, Clef would be finished. Besides those mistakes, and the horrible "Dirty South", Clef seems to have grown a little. On "Perfect Gentlemen", Clef defends strippers and tells the story of a romance between him and a stripper(likely false). The album misses that Fugees vibe that was still there on The Carnival. The less know guest appearences are boring, but the big names are funny and acceptable. Kenny Rogers, of all people, sings on "Kenny Rogers Dub Plate", where Wyclef and other rappers rhyme over a beat as Kenny sings the hook. This song is surprisingly likeable as is "It Doesn't Matter" which has another surprising guest, wrestler The Rock. On "911", Clef teams up with Mary J. Blige to showcase his actually not bad singing voice. Besides the awful Whitney Houston team up on her dub plate, Clef seems to have it down. Songs like "Hollyhood to Hollywood" and "Diallo" showcase his amazing creativity once again, the latter which is based on the case of the police shooting a man named Diallo 41 times for nothing. One of my favorite songs is "Wish You Were Here", which sounds alot like "Gone Til November", because of Clef's flow from singing to rapping. Basically, get Clef's other albums first(The Carnival, Preacher's Son, the fugees Score, and Pras' Ghetto Supastar).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haters run Wyclef Jean is at it again June 23 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This album is great. He's got two diss tracks, "Where Fugees At"(Pras, Lauryn diss) and "However You Want It"(Canibus diss). He's got emotional songs like "911", "Diallo", and "Hollywood to Hollyhood". He also has fun songs like "It Doesn't Matter", "Perfect Gentleman", and "Something About Mary". Overall this album is mostly good. I think he could've done better, but overall this is a must-by.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very weak "4" May 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this cd gives you very mixed feling's, on one hand it is very good, i mean just listen to "diallo" "911" or "runaway" which all are ver.. umm excuse me, EXTREMLY god songs. But on the other hands many of the songs are kinda' innoying, they aren't bad.. I don't know, mayBE it's all about taste, and mayBE i ain't the one to judge anyway since i'm not a real hip-hopper or something, but anyway this cd goes away with a very weak four, much because of three certain songs.. hmmm i wonder which?
P.S. if you like wyclef buy his latest "the preacher's son". it's a lot a better
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best from Wyclef so far March 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album inclded some of my favorite song of 2001. "Perfect Gentleman" was a perfect catchy song to dance too, very meliodic and strong. "911" with Mary J Blige was more serious but at the same time it had a good sound and lyrics. "It doesn't matter" was fun, with Wrestling star and now also movie star "The Rock" appearing. The sound here sound latin. If that's not enough we have "Runaway" with disco legends "Earth wind and fire" and Diallo" with Yousson N'Dour. Wyclef has a tendancy to refer to someone in every song. He mention quite a few names like Stevie Wonder, Chris Rock etc. Like usually there are many guest stars on the album and there are far too many songs but the songs are catchy, the lyrics fun and the sound especially are unique. A very nice album, you just cannot dislike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic
Wycleff Jean brings something to hip hops table that nobody else does an eclectic flavor that no-one can rival. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002 by Griffin Coldiron
3.0 out of 5 stars An Incredibly Mediocre Album
Wyclef always brings uniqueness to the music. When you listen to a Wyclef album, you know it's going to be somewhat different than the vast majority of other rap-oriented albums... Read more
Published on July 23 2002 by M. Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars the clef is back
this is the only wyclef album i own. i heard that the carnival is really good, but this is better. the ecleftic is a mixture of many different types of music, such as rap/hip-hop,... Read more
Published on June 14 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Socially Conscious Rap
In this world of rappers that glorify evil, Wyclef is a shining light. Sure, he ain't a goodie-goodie, but he keeps the theme of this album on life and the horrors of the world we... Read more
Published on May 1 2002 by Donovan Juan
3.0 out of 5 stars more like 3 1/2 stars...
I'd hate to write a bad review for Clef, I have much respect for this man. I was disappointed with his latest effort. Maybe "The Carnival" made my expectations a little high. Read more
Published on March 13 2002 by Amber Lupo
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album (one of the best)
This album has got to be one of the best albums available. Whether you are (like me) or are not a Wyclef Jean fan you are sure to love this album. Read more
Published on March 11 2002 by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Wyclef Jean has become one of my favorite artists. I saw the video for"It Doesn't Matter" and thought it was pretty good. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2001 by "bdk321"
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another hip hop artist from up north.....
This album is creative, showcasing Wyclef Jean's musical abilities across a wide spectrum of musical styles from hip hop to gangsta rap to country to soul to pink floyd... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2001 by Lewis Rose
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