Monthly Archives: November 2008

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: 808s & Heartbreak

When I first heard “Through The Wire” in 2003, I fell in love with it. The song itself was great, but the fact that Kanye recorded the song with his jaw wired shut 2 weeks after having his whole face smashed in and surgically reconstructed made it just that much cooler in my eyes. It was a real slice of life. It was genuine, which is something that music (Hip Hop especially) is sorely lacking these days.

Since then, as sad as it is, Kanye has proved to be a disappointment to me. Sure, he’s had a few cool jams here and there, but much of the stuff was simply average, and his odd outbursts were a bit of a turn-off. Well, all that has changed. The sumbitch has outdone himself.

808s & Heartbreak comes after a year of losing his mother, breaking up with his fiancée, and generally struggling to deal with his relatively new, insane lifestyle. And it shows. I think it’s safe to say this is still very much a Hip Hop album at heart, but… it has heart. The overwhelming vibe of the album is quite sad. Like, real life sad. He tells tales of missed family events, overbearing women, and the broken heartedness that so many of us can relate to. Admittedly, I was turned off ahead of time when I heard that he used a heavy Auto-Tune effect on all the vocals, and it’s true. It’s on every single track. While I really do hate the effect and wish people would stop using it already, I have to say, it works. It grew on me really fast, and it fits. Although there’s still plenty of rapping on the album, there’s considerably more singing than you might expect to hear from Kanye, and again, it really works.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this album, and I highly recommend it, even if you haven’t been a Kanye West fan before.

Listen to: Say You Will
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THE DESCENT OF MAN / preview video

It’s just a little somethin’ somethin’.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Chinese Democracy

I had a whole in-depth track-by-track review of the album written, but I scrapped it. When an album takes as long as this one, and gets talked about and over-analyzed as much as this one, it’s hard to get a clear perspective. The only way this album should be judged is by the sound itContinue Reading

REMINDER: my art show is coming

My last solo show was way back in February 2005. I took it on short notice, and I was severely under-prepared for it, which resulted in some pretty hefty disappointment. I’m working hard to avoid a repeat of that. I still have a ton of work to do before the opening, but I’m hopeful thatContinue Reading

a ground n pound kinda night

My friend Kookeroo Kate had some tickets to see Nine Inch Nails at the lil House of Blues in Atlantic City. It’s a small club inside the Showboat Hotel & Casino. Needless to say I was pretty excited to see this, especially after seeing them at the big Wachovia Center with the full out-of-this-world production.Continue Reading