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>>Kanye West

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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


Body Talk

Although the Swedish crooner has been around since the ’90s, Robyn’s most If you thought you knew Kanye West, you were wrong. Despite the fact that on his fifth album West surrounds himself with lofty instrumentals and music recent release is clearly at the apex of her career. “Body Talk,” released in two parts, industry gurus, this latest release is the most honest, raw and self-revealing. “My is probably the highest quality female power-pop American listeners have heard this year. The flawless production offers a feast of Beautiful Dark Twisted Fanstasy” is extravagantly unpredictable beats and candy-sweet synth (see executed, complete with a contrast of heavy “Fembot” and “In My Eyes”), while the acoustic piano ballads and minimalist bass-and-percussion tracks (“Hang With Me,” “Indestructible” pieces. Even more significant than the album’s and “Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa”) are charmingly substantial instrumentation, however, is West’s simple, without any awkward polishing. But apparent internal growth. His more steady flow production and instrumentation aside, Robyn’s and frank lyrics go above and beyond the typical thick baby-like voice is undeniably the foremost arrogance of boastful rap and give a brave insight element, even when heavily surrounded by into his own insecurities. As a result, West has thick beats. Overall, Robyn accomplishes a made the artistic accomplishment of expressing rare feat: her listeners are both enthralled both vanity and self-doubt simultaneously. by her voice, yet unable to stop dancing.

>>Justin Bieber

>>Nicki Minaj

My Worlds Acoustic

With his side-swept hair and pre-pubescent vocal range, Justin Bieber has been milked dry by his producers for every ounce of teenness he has. And to prep the star for the real world, his label apparently feels the need to prove Bieber’s actual talent. “My Worlds Acoustic” follows the model of an “unplugged” album, gathering many of Bieber’s previous hits and re-releasing them minus the excesssive synth and pounding beats. But that sneaky production team clearly had the over-polished guitar and Bieber’s ever-so-subtly autotuned voice recorded on separate tracks and dubbed them together. The result: corny-sounding Backstreet Boys-esque remakes of his most blush-worthy hits. The only new single on the album,1:25 “Pray” is decidedly neither “unplugged” or SU_HS_AD_Centennial_10_Layout 1 11/1/10 PM Page 1 “acoustic” which is a little awkward on an album meant to display raw musicality.

Pink Friday

After hearing Nicki Minaj’s impressive guest verses and mixtapes, listeners have eagerly awaited the release of “Pink Friday,” mainly out of pure curiosity. But the album has only left us more confused as to where Minaj places herself on the map of female MCs. There is no doubt toward Minaj’s rap capabilities and impressive flow, as she outdoes herself on tracks like “I’m the Best” and “Blazin.” But it’s the sweet and sugary moments of the album, seen on “Save Me” and “Dear Old Nicki,” that question Minaj’s devotion to rap rather than mainstream hiphop or R&B. Regardless of genre-identity, Minaj gracefully displays her array of talents and makes her girl-power message clear: “I’m fighting for the girls/ That never thought they could win…I am here to reverse/ The curse that they live in.”



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