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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.
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.
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.
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.)
Hope this helps. It looks like PJ Harvey is in the lead right now.
I’m enjoying it (based off of one listen) but it’s about 30 minutes too long (like most rap albums).
They should’ve just packaged Murmer and Automatic for the People together
Agreed on the song of the year bit.
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!
I thought it was pretty amazing and beautiful. I love watching music done in a more raw way with just one instrument and a voice (which is why I love La Blogotheque). I honestly thought after watching that the comments were going to be about how great it was – it was gutsy, well done, and showed that those Raitt songs aren’t trite or “cheesy” like most people think, but actually very well written and emotional when the overproduction is stripped from it.
Oh, and it certainly didn’t seem like an American Idol audition. Every time someone sings next to a piano, is that an American Idol audition?