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808s & Heartbreak
     

808s & Heartbreak

4.2 45
by Kanye West
 

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Kanye West doesn't rap on his fourth album, 808s And Heartbreak. Instead, according to MTV, the unpredictable hip-hop star sings on most of the album employing autotune and vocoder effects a la T-Pain. His beats are also noticeably more stripped down and rock influenced.

Overview

Kanye West doesn't rap on his fourth album, 808s And Heartbreak. Instead, according to MTV, the unpredictable hip-hop star sings on most of the album employing autotune and vocoder effects a la T-Pain. His beats are also noticeably more stripped down and rock influenced.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Remember when Kanye West threatened to make an album where he would bear his heartbroken soul, align with T-Pain, sing on every song with the then inescapable Auto-Tune effect, and lean on the Roland TR-808 drum machine? It could have been a wreck, a case of an artist working through paralyzing heartache while loose in a toy store. Except West wasn't joking. In various spots across 808s & Heartbreak, the constant flutter of West's processed voice is enlivened by the disarming manner in which despair and dejection are conveyed. Several tracks have almost as much in common with irrefutably bleak post-punk albums as contemporary rap and R&B. For anyone sifting through a broken relationship and self-letdown, this could all be therapeutic.
Billboard
In the end, it seems that no matter how pained West is, as long as his one true love—himself—is intact, he will prevail in the face of adversity. Mariel Concepcion

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2008
Label:
Roc-A-Fella
UPC:
0602517872790
catalogNumber:
001219802
Rank:
3434

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kanye West   Primary Artist
Tony Williams   Background Vocals
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals
Larry Gold   Conductor
Phillip Ingram   Vocals
Glenn Jordan   Vocals
Olga Konopelsky   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
Gregory Teperman   Violin
Esthero   Background Vocals
Ze Bruno   Percussion,Drums
Gibi   Percussion,Drums
Alexandra Leem   Viola
Jennie Lorenzo   Cello
Jeff Bhasker   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Toni Williams   Background Vocals
Hudson   Background Vocals
Kid Cudi   Background Vocals
James J. Cooper   Cello
Kevin Dorley   Vocals
Kadockadee Kwire   Vocals
Luca Mazzochi   Violin
Miles B. Davis   Bass
Luigi Muzzochi   Violin
Rodney D'Assis   Percussion,Drums
Lula Almedia   Percussion,Drums
Charles Parker   Violin

Technical Credits

Alan Branch   Marketing
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Larry Gold   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
M. Jones   Composer
Roland Orzabal   Composer
No I.D.   Audio Production
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Kanye West   Composer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Chris Atlas   Marketing
Phil Reynolds   Composer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua   Executive Producer
Don-C   Marketing
A. Williams   Composer
Kris Yiengst   Artwork,Photo Coordination
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Audio Production
Carol Corless   Package Production
Scott Mescudi   Composer
I. Menziesi   Composer
P. Doyle   Composer
C. Bass   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
J. Englishman   Composer
E. Wilson   Composer
D. Mills   Composer
J. Jenkins   Composer
Ben McIldowie   Composer
Fahim Najm   Composer

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808s & Heartbreak 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
ElTigreChino More than 1 year ago
This album is more emotional than Kanye's previous works. Still a very good album, but just different from the Kanye of the previous three albums. It sheds a different light on Kanye, but I liked it.
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SHAWN_CORREY_CARTER More than 1 year ago
Im just wondering if this CD has any cursing on it. Becuz i work @ a Barnes & Nobles Store in the music dept. and I wanted to include it in the CD selection. Can someone please respond to this. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Also, you can't just go adding whatever you want to the in-store music.
MushRoomHeadfan101 More than 1 year ago
i loved this whole album for once kanye west did a hidden track for once i loved everything about this album its kanyes west best work yet kanye at his best and yes kanye is here to stay
L_N_Bellamy More than 1 year ago
You don't have to be a fan of Kanye West to enjoy this CD tracks 3 and 5 are worth the purchase alone. It is approriately titled and the lyrics and musical arrangemnt help Kanye secured his originality,
Jazzec5416 More than 1 year ago
You have to give him credit because he always likes to switch things up which is what music is all about. You can't have the same type of music out all the time. I love Kanye and while I was a little apprehensive at first, the CD grew on me. My favorites are #1-6 and #8,10,and 11. I can't wait for the next album.
snobord94 More than 1 year ago
Best album hes ever done.i find it being a little depressing but it is dedefinatley worth it!
meaghansita More than 1 year ago
I know there are mixed reviews about this CD- but I really enjoy it. It's chill music and the songs sound like hes at a crossroads in his life with love and meaning. I have had it in my car stereo all week and really enjoy the beats. It is different for Kanye to use the voice corrector but I think it works for this cd...its not like hes going to do it forever, but it was an interesting add on.
superfireman More than 1 year ago
I hate to agree with 50, but Kanye will regret this one. This cd is awful. He should stick to rapping and not follow trends. He needs to come back with something good quickly.
-Mr_Magnifasent- More than 1 year ago
the 2 ANYNOMUS dudes/chichs are nuthing but haters. the man lost his moms and people still hate on him? thats a shame!! this album is outrite FANTASTIC, the lyrics are outrageus and dont get me started on those fire beats. again tha album is CCCCCCRRRRAZYY!! good. oh yea STOP HATEN
lillysoclean_65 More than 1 year ago
Kanye west has long been praised as lifeblood for true hiphop (substance, depth, purpose, something different) in ways that is true "no flow" little or no mic skill and a limited vocab surpassed by most 8th graders when they hit puberty. Kanye cannot sing and T-pain's voice sounds like a strung out accordian n no-1 likes the acordian. This album has 3 good tracks amazing, heartless, love lockdown that is it. There is nothing noteworthy it does not grow on you its self absorbed of him to try n make an album like this like weezy believing his own hype kanye tried something different and failed miserably his last album was 3 times better it was only a 3 star record.
SamuelB88 More than 1 year ago
808s & Heartbreak has some really good songs (Welcome to Heartbreak, Heartless, Love Lockdown, Paranoid, Robocop, Coldest Winter) but it also has some pretty bad songs (Amazing, Street Lights, Bad News). I liked the driving beat of the music, but some of the songs were just dull and uninteresting. "Amazing" had a good beat, but was incredibly redundant to the point of exasperation. Overall, the CD is good, but far from perfect.
TheBOSS More than 1 year ago
There's no cussing on this CD...You must be mistaken....And Yes I can play any CD I want in MY store...I got it like that...Mr/Mrs Anonymous...who are you anyway...show your face homey/homette...HOLLA..
Sabrina9145 More than 1 year ago
I love Kanye West but my boyfriend adores him. I got him this CD for a present and he is always listening to it. Sound quality was great and sogns are phenonmenal
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