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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Dark Fantasy
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Gorgeous
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POWER
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All Of The Lights (Interlude)
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All Of The Lights
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Monster
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So Appalled
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Devil In A New Dress
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Runaway
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Hell Of A Life
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Blame Game
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Lost In The World
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Who Will Survive In America
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 68:44

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12.18.10
In which our antihero returns from exile with a brutally dark, all-consuming masterpiece
2010 | Label: Roc-A-Fella

In the book of First Timothy, Chapter 1, verse 15, the Apostle Paul wrote: "Here is a trustworthy saying: Christ came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst." Approximately 2,000 years later, Kanye West updates that sentiment, writing "Let's have a toast for the douchebags, let's have a toast for the assholes." This couplet arrives in the back half of his practically perfect, brutally dark fifth record by which… read more »

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All of the lights

nuie852

This song puts me in a good mood. It reminds me of music festivals aka raves.

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The negative reviews are written by people

adams4069

who have nothing to say of any interest, except railing against the man/persona while trashing emusic at the same time. Emusic has only expanded their catalog, while retaining the more obscure artists; all at cheaper prices than itunes and Amazon (on the whole). Some people can never be satisfied. As for Kanye's album: it's brilliant in pure craftsmanship, made all the more incredible because of the flaws. One can appreciate a more maintstream artist as well as the underground/indie rappers. I have found that underground artists can be just as pretentious, of which their indie status seems to negate. Pretention is not always a negative, and Kanye's public image has nothing to do with his music. This is one of the best rap albums to come along in many a year. Go download Shabazz Palaces if you don't care for mainstream success. The thing is the two can be loved together without creating divisions.

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Kanye West?

Florida-Boy

I've never listened to Kanye West music until I saw a video with the song power in it. The best songs on this album so far is Power,So Appalled,and Devil in a New Dress.I recommend listing to the whole album samples and purchasing the songs that song good,because less than half the album is worth buying.I'm a underground west coast music lover,but at least I found 3 songs on here I liked.

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No one likes you!

bassminusb

Stop acting like such a pompous ass!

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Brilliant

DanielEsq

Rap that's sweep and compositional skill place it somewhere between arena-rock and classical-music. Yeah, the lyrics are narcissistic and often trite, but they're often clever, too, and they're filled with energy and anger. Perfectly captures the spirit of the times. An all-time great album.

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I peed in a horse once.

DarkSock

It sounded like this album.

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i don't get it.

chien

I think maybe my perception has been tainted by all the praise (including a perfect 10 on Pitchfork). The production is stellar, but Kanye really lacks the brilliant insight I would expect. It's all narcissism, materialism, endless cliches borrowed from the bloated mid-90s era of Hip Hop. What am I missing?

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It's addictive

outoftheclosetmusicsnob

Not really a KW fan, but this album is intriguing- lots of layers and wild arrangements. Luv to know who came up with the idea of sampling Jon Anderson and Greg Lake, wild!

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Overrated

rabrown7

Sonically clever, but his lyrics are trite rap cliches. How much does he pay Rock magazines to praise him? Jay-Z and some of the other MCs sound alright, but unfortunately most of the rapping is by Kayne. Stick with producing!

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Great Album

ronstringfield

I am not a big hip hop fan and Kanye is a jerk, but this is a very good album. Blame game is great but I don't care for the end. Devil in a New Dress and the last "song" did not do much for me, yet. The rest of the songs are just terrific.

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As fatiguing as it is invigorating, as cold-blooded as it is heart-rending, as haphazardly splattered as it is meticulously sculpted, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is an extraordinarily complex 70-minute set of songs. Listening to it, much like saying or typing its title, is a laborious process. In some ways, it’s the culmination of Kanye West’s first four albums, but it does not merely draw characteristics from each one of them. The 13 tracks, eight of which are between five and nine minutes in length, sometimes fuse them together simultaneously. Consequently, the sonic and emotional layers are often difficult to pry apart and enumerate. Nothing exemplifies its contrasting elements and maniacal extravagance as much as “All of the Lights.” Rattling, raw, synthetic toms are embellished with brass, woodwinds, and strings. It’s a celebration of fame (“Fast cars, shooting stars”) and a lament of its consequences (“Restraining order/Can’t see my daughter”). Its making involved 42 people, including not one but two French horn players and over a dozen high-profile vocalists, only some of which are perceptible. At once, the song features one of the year’s most rugged beats while supplying enough opulent detail to make Late Registration collaborator Jon Brion’s head spin. “Blame Game” chills more than anything off 808s & Heartbreak. Sullen solo-piano Aphex Twin plays beneath morose cello; with a chorus from John Legend, a dejected, embittered West — whose voice toggles between naturally clear-sounding and ominously pitched-down as it pans back and forth — tempers wistfully-written, maliciously-delivered lines like “Been a long time since I spoke to you in a bathroom, ripping you up, fuckin’ and chokin’ you” with untreated and distinctively pained confessions like “I can’t love you this much.” The contrast in “Devil in a New Dress,” featuring Rick Ross, is of a different sort; a throwback soul production provided by the Smokey Robinson-sampling Bink, it’s as gorgeous as any of West’s own early work, yet it’s marred by an aimless instrumental stretch, roughly 90 seconds in length, that involves some incongruent electric guitar flame-out. Even less explicable is the last third of the nine-minute “Runaway,” when West blows into a device and comes out sounding something like a muffled, bristly version of Robert Fripp’s guitar. The only thing that remains unchanged is West’s lyrical accuracy; for every rhyme that stuns, there’s one deserving of mockery from any given contestant off the The White Rapper Show. As the ego and ambition swells, so does the appeal, the repulsiveness, and — most importantly — the ingenuity. Whether loved or loathed, fully enjoyed or merely admired, this album should be regarded as a deeply fascinating accomplishment. – Andy Kellman

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