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 +3Posted on May 24th, 2014 | re: Kanye West - "God Level" (16 comments)

It does sound like a Yeezus outtake – unfortunately, imo, one that should’ve been left unreleased.

 +1Posted on Sep 14th, 2012 | re: Premature Evaluation: Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer (40 comments)

I’ve basically said this in a post somewhere on this site before, but they should’ve definitely had some of those Good Friday songs on here, especially because some of them are great and it would’ve exposed them to a larger audience. Pretty much any of the tracks that haven’t already been released somewhere else (“The Joy” or the ones that eventually did make it onto MBDTF) are just as good as the stuff on here, if not better. “Christian Dior Denim Flow” = amazing. Same with “Lord Lord Lord” and “Chain Heavy.” And the rest is pretty great too (“Looking for Trouble,” “Take One for the Team”)…these are so much better than most of what’s on here except for “Mercy,” “Clique,” “So Cold” and maybe a few others that will grow on me. I just feel like it was a wasted opportunity to get some of that other stuff out there beyond people who would bother finding it on the internet, and it could’ve made for a super strong compilation if they had them on there.

 +2Posted on Jul 27th, 2012 | re: Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don't (14 comments)

True, not all those “for the ladies” songs are terrible, and “One More Chance” is great. But I would say the majority of them are fairly atrocious. There have been a lot of good rap albums that would’ve been better if they didn’t have to devote 2 or 3 songs to those kinds of tracks. Plus, Biggie just has that charisma about him where he could do those songs and get away with it. Rick Ross, not so much.

 +6Posted on Jul 27th, 2012 | re: Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don't (14 comments)

I listened to it yesterday, granted just once, and was not impressed. He’s definitely become a better rapper, but so many of the beats, themes, etc just seemed subpar. I’d really like to see rappers quit with the “for the ladies tracks” (are there any girls that actually like this stuff? Who really wants to listen to a song with a repeated mantra of “Fucking you” in the background?) I was really surprised to read such a positive review. BUT, I really respect your opinions Tom, and will definitely give this a few more listens before I make any real judgments. That’s what I love about reading music criticism, it can always help me reassesses something, usually for the positive (after all, I’d rather like and enjoy more music than not). So I’ll give it another try.

 +1Posted on Jun 7th, 2012 | re: Kanye West - "Mercy" Video (Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz) (17 comments)

I love original material, but there were a lot of GOOD Friday songs released before Dark Twisted Fantasy that I think deserve to go on an album proper too, if only because they deserve to be heard by more than just obsessive, blog-following music fans. Casual Kanye listeners should also get to hear (especially) “Christian Dior Denim Flow,” “Lord Lord Lord,” “Take it for the Team,”…even “Christmas in Harlem” is pretty damn good. And so is this. Maybe a double album with a second disc of the GOOD Friday stuff that’s come out before? (excluding early versions of the stuff that did make it on Dark Twisted Fantasy.)

 +5Posted on Dec 12th, 2011 | re: SPIN's 50 Best Albums Of 2011 (38 comments)

Hope this helps. It looks like PJ Harvey is in the lead right now.

 -1Posted on Nov 7th, 2011 | re: Drake Take Care Comment Party (51 comments)

I’m enjoying it (based off of one listen) but it’s about 30 minutes too long (like most rap albums).

 +2Posted on Sep 26th, 2011 | re: What's Missing From R.E.M.'s Final Greatest Hits Tracklist? (53 comments)

They should’ve just packaged Murmer and Automatic for the People together

 0Posted on Aug 18th, 2011 | re: Bon Iver - "Holocene" Video (48 comments)

Agreed on the song of the year bit.

 0Posted on Jun 1st, 2011 | re: Watch Dylan's Cameo On Pawn Stars (8 comments)

I can’t believe that guy bought it for 50 bucks. Conrad is right – that record goes for a just a few dollars at most record shops, and that’s with the mark-up after they’ve gotten it from someone else. What a chump!