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  • Audio CD (Nov. 24 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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1. Say You Will
2. Welcome To Heartbreak featuring Kid Cudi
3. Heartless
4. Amazing featuring Young Jeezy
5. Love Lockdown
6. Paranoid featuring Mr. Hudson
7. RoboCop
8. Street Lights
9. Bad News
10. See You In My Nightmares featuring Lil Wayne
11. Coldest Winter
12. Pinocchio Story

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The ten time Grammy Award winning musical phenomenon, Rapper, producer and singer embarks on a new musical journey taking his audience to new heights. Kanye West returns with his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak. His highly anticipated 2008 album features the heart pounding first single, 'Love Lockdown' which premiered live for the first time on the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Format: Audio CD
What surprised me most about Kanye's new album is not how much I initially liked it, but ultimately how much I ended up loving it with repeated listens. Still, it must be said : 808s & Heartbreak will definitely divide fans-- auto-tune will immediately turn people off, and many will yearn for his distinguished usage of sped-up soul samples. But those of us who look past his traditions and conventions may find something hauntingly tragic and beautiful. Personally, I think 808's & Heartbreak is a full-blown masterpiece based on love, loss, and heartbreak-- capturing dark aspects of life that essentially everyone can relate to. "Graduation" couldn't pull off such emotion, but of course, it was never meant to, since it was mostly a celebration album that centered around the glory of being big; likewise, a fantastic album that contained orante-production values, yet tackled something less human than what we find here. This album may be less "fun," but its his most emotionally-stirring work. All things considered, whether it be the always-amazing beats (a paradox of epic percussion and simplistic drum sounds) or the poignant lyrics (some of his most powerful), 808's & Heartbreak is another great work from Kanye, and arguably the most brilliant "break-up" album since Beck's "Sea Change." If anything, it's easily one of the best albums of the year. Time will tell whether this ends up being my favorite record of his. As of now, my brain says Late Registration, but my heart screams 808's.
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Don't get me wrong, I love this album and think it might be one of Kanye West's most unique albums. However, the actual vinyl itself is not worth the sticker price.
I had to send this vinyl back twice due to it constantly skipping and am skeptical I will order it again.
I would love to add this album to my vinyl collection one day, but I can't afford to keep ordering it and sending it back every few days.
Both vinyls i received, only three of the tracks did not skip.

I'd like to add that Amazon didn't give me any issues with sending this album back and, to be honest, got the replacement to me quicker than anticipated.
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Format: Audio CD
I refused to listen to any leaked songs or any of the singles before listening. I listened the album from start to finish. Immediately at the beginning of the album, you can feel the emotions that have been put into this album. From the quiet, but melodic introductions all the way to the the heavy, hard, and raw songs like Heartless and Robocop. The album definitely delivers a clear theme and the songs create a cohesion unlike graduation which had great tracks, but definitely felt fragmented from songs like Stronger to Drunken Hot girls.

I encourage you to listen to this album, but definitely do not walk in thinking it's a rap album - it's definitely singing and pop based (and if you can't stand 808 drums or auto tune..stay away) . However the album is not perfect nor close to being polished - but neither was graduation dispite its success due to a few super hit singles. However Robocop is good in regards to the chorus and beats , the song feels a lack of direction and Kayne's voice is seriously flooded by the 808 and auto tune. The song "Coldest winter" had so much potential but the lyrics litterally repeat themself over and over..it gets very repetitive even for a little over 2 minute song.

In conclusion, this album is very raw, definitely a product of an artists true attempt at pushing the envelope, and overall an unpolished product. I believe this is due to simply 2 weeks of recording if I read it correctly. Not everyone will like this, but not everyone will dislike it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x998d8f0c) out of 5 stars 447 reviews
94 of 104 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x998bc918) out of 5 stars Complete Different Kanye - Haunting, Minimalist, and Raw Nov. 24 2008
By Ian Leue - Published on Amazon.com
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This is very different Kanye. You'll know that within the first two seconds, and if you've heard Love Lockdown, you've already got the basic idea. Kanye sings, using heavy Auto-Tune, often with a vocoded or heavily distorted slap-back echo. The sound of the classic (and very distinctive) Roland TR-808 features very prominently on the album, backed by minimal keyboard-synth sounds.

Subjectwise, the album deals prominently with loss, specifically of his mother and his long-time girlfriend. The Auto-Tuned vocals and minimalist beats underscore the painful lyrics, creating a haunting, soul-wrenching soundscape.

It all adds up to a painfully honest Kanye, sad and alone - a Kanye we haven't seen on his previous 3 albums. Both lyrically and musically, Kanye strips off his flash and shows us the part of the man who can't always live "The Good Life."
86 of 99 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a3b1d0) out of 5 stars If you only listen to hip hop promptly move your cursor to the top left of this screen and click the arrow pointing left. Dec 12 2008
By Ronald L. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album will not be fully appreciated until it is rediscovered 15 years from now by kids that have never heard College Dropout, Late Registration, or Graduation. They will be impressed by the primal sounding drums, mixed with the deep bass of the TR-808, haunting keyboards and Kanye's vocals channeled through the autotune program. They will notice how he uses this effect to turn his voice into that of a brooding android, as apposed to the Happybot that T-Pain conjures out of the program, which when added to the sonic backdrop gives the album a post-apocalyptic feel.

I can't wait until this album does get the respect it most certainly deserves. I believe that is the most daring album to come out in my life time and I've been around the block a time or two. It is extremely ugly and amazingly beautiful all at once. Bravo Kanye!

Favorites (in no particular order):
Say you will
Welcome to heartbreak
Love Lockdown
Street Lights
Bad News
See you in my nightmares
Coldest Winter

Yes it's THAT GOOD!!!!!

Remove all prejudices and biases and give this album an honest listen. You will love it!
37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996f6c6c) out of 5 stars Not your mommy's Kanye Nov. 24 2008
By Travis Owens - Published on Amazon.com
Kanye fans are in for a big surprise with this album. Most importantly you should know this is NOT a rap album. Kanye sings every song using heavy vocoding on his voice. Alot of the songs have heavy bass and a grinding aspect of them.

In a nutshell I'd say this album is a mix of Kanye beats /w a somewhat Neo like singing and even some old prince mixed in.

At first I didn't really get the album, but by my third listen the composition started to catch my attention. Despite, I expect a large part of his fan base not to be into this album, and if you're only a fan of Kanye as a rapper you might want to skip this album, but if you can get into more electronic compositions and some 80s spin, this album might be for you.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99afe4f8) out of 5 stars A "Closer" for the hip hop generation Jan. 3 2009
By DIOONER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First and foremost, I'd like to express my exasperation at hearing or reading people moaning at some - currently successful - black artists (Kanye West being one of them), accusing them of having betrayed the so-called "original true spirit of hip hop". These, behaving like self-proclaimed guardians of some private temple, seem to forget that hip hop, like every other form of art, is a mean not an end.

I also recall the great Mos Def was once asked, a few years ago, what he thought of his peers parading in videos with lavish ladies and expensive cars instead of providing supposed conscious statements in their music. His answer has baffled me for years (and still does): he said that it was precisely this (i.e. the fact of seeing black people behaving that way in front of huge audiences of, say, MTV proportions) that was revolutionary, more than any kind of political contest. And so, whether you fancy it or not. I can't agree more, as it seems, more generally, that a black artist is, still nowadays, supposed to deliver what's expected of him: making "black music".

Sorry for that somewhat long introduction, but I thought those two distinct points could be helpful to fully understand what Kanye West's fourth album proper is all about, and what it aims to be. On the previous one, 2007's "Graduation", he already considerably extended his sonic palette (sampling Daft Punk or legendary german krautrockers, Can), yet after that, last summer he produced, in the form of his duet with the promising Estelle, the wonderful "American Boy", which can only be described as the single best musical mainstream moment of the year, all straightforward dancefloor power and heavy beat science upfront.

"8O8s & Heartbreak" is an altogether very different beast to both those releases; having recently both lost his mother and ended up a longtime relationship with his fiancee, Kanye West isn't exactly in a partying mood here, to say the least. Yet, and it's what makes this record so satisfying, he still manages to entertain while expressing his utter sadness and pouring his deepest doubts over every song featured. From the first few bars of "Say You Will", it's understood Kanye's probably unleashed his landmark piece of music this time: over a bleak, possibly new wavish rhythm synth, he croons in a desperate yet suggestive and seductive manner about the loss of his love. The much-publicized use of the auto-tune process, supposedly a limitation, in fact allows him more freedom than ever: some reviewer pointed out he's not Nas nor Guru (he actually barely raps on the whole LP, mind you), and heaven knows he ain't Marvin Gaye either, but if the spine-tingling lament that is "Heartless" or the broody hypnotic complaint the first single "Love Lockdown" manages to be fail to move you, then nothing ever will. On the only upbeat track, "Paranoid", Kanye West even delivers the most perfect slice of pop angst ever heard since, say, Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence" (yeah, that good). Perhaps only the quite blank "Robocop" is a relative failure, as every other song is a fascinating trip through this visionary artist's mind, even the somewhat rawer-sounding live freestyle "Pinocchio Story", that closes proceedings with an overwhelming tearjerking class.

Being very intimate, sounding entertaining at it and clearly conscious of what he does, somewhere between Kool & The Gang produced by New Order and the late and great Al Green stuck with The Neptunes in an elevator, Kanye West has achieved, minor weaknesses aside, a truly perfect pop album.

In a world that enjoys nothing as much as pigeonholing people of every kind (let alone artists), that alone is a triumph in itself.

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99709f48) out of 5 stars Beautifully sad March 7 2011
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a typical Ye album. If you are looking for the College Dropout, Late Registeration, etc you will be disappointed. If you are openminded, listen to more than lyrics, (although there are some hot beats on this to me), then this is the for you. This album is sad, distorted, heart wrenching and yet sooo beautiful. Yes, it's a lot of auto-tunes, however it's not T-Pain auto-tunes. Ye uses it to distort his voice in a way to show what's he is feeling, the lost of his mother, the lost of his financee'. It's one of his best works ever!

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