Graduation [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Graduation's pre-leak talk wasn't as substantive as it was with Kanye West's first two albums. As with just about any other artist's third album, it had to be expected. The College Dropout was one of the most anticipated debuts of the early 2000s, while Late Registration had people wondering why Kanye would feel the need to work so extensively with multi-instrumentalist rock producer Jon Brion (the J Dilla of the chamberlin) and whether or not Kanye's hubristic tendencies would get the better of it. With Graduation, there was Takashi Murakami's artwork, a silly first-week sales competition with the decreasingly relevant 50 Cent, and chatter about synthesizers running wild....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Graduation's pre-leak talk wasn't as substantive as it was with Kanye West's first two albums. As with just about any other artist's third album, it had to be expected. The College Dropout was one of the most anticipated debuts of the early 2000s, while Late Registration had people wondering why Kanye would feel the need to work so extensively with multi-instrumentalist rock producer Jon Brion (the J Dilla of the chamberlin) and whether or not Kanye's hubristic tendencies would get the better of it. With Graduation, there was Takashi Murakami's artwork, a silly first-week sales competition with the decreasingly relevant 50 Cent, and chatter about synthesizers running wild. That was about it, but it all seemed loud and prevalent, due in part to a lack of high-profile rap albums released in 2007. Graduation is neither as bold nor as scattered as The College Dropout, and it's neither as extroverted nor as sonically rich as Late Registration. Kanye still makes up for his shortcomings as an MC and lyricist by remaining charmingly clumsy, frequently dealing nonsense through suspect rhyme schemes: "I never be picture-perfect Beyoncé/Be light as Al B. or black as Chauncey/Remember him from Blackstreet, he was black as the street was/I never be laid-back as this beat was." The songs that are thematically distanced, introspective, and/or wary -- there are many of them -- are, in turn, made more palatable than insufferable. That his humor remains a constant is a crucial aspect of the album, especially considering that most other MCs would sound embittered and hostile if they were handling similar subjects, like haters new and old, being a braggart with a persistent underdog complex, getting wrapped up in spending and flaunting, and the many hassles of being a hedonist. Those who have admired Kanye as a sharp producer while detesting him as an inept MC might find the gleaming synth sprites, as heard most prominently throughout "Flashing Lights" and "Stronger," to be one of the most glaring deal-breakers in hip-hop history. Though the synthesizer use marks a clear, conscious diversion from Kanye's past productions, highlights like "I Wonder," "The Glory," and "Everything I Am" are deeply rooted in the Kanye of old, using nostalgia-inducing samples, elegant pianos and strings, and gospel choirs. So, no, he's not dreaming of fronting A Flock of Seagulls or joining Daft Punk. He's being his shrewd, occasionally foolish, and adventurous self. [A clean edition of the album was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2007
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • UPC: 602517412217
  • Catalog Number: 000954202
  • Sales rank: 16,281

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Morning (3:15)
  2. 2 Champion (2:47)
  3. 3 Stronger (5:12)
  4. 4 I Wonder (4:03)
  5. 5 Good Life - T-Pain (3:26)
  6. 6 Can't Tell Me Nothing (4:31)
  7. 7 Barry Bonds (3:24)
  8. 8 Drunk and Hot Girls (5:13)
  9. 9 Flashing Lights (3:57)
  10. 10 Everything I Am (3:47)
  11. 11 The Glory (3:32)
  12. 12 Homecoming (3:24)
  13. 13 Big Brother (7:20)
  14. 14 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kanye West Primary Artist
Jon Brion Percussion, Keyboards
Mike Dean Guitar, Keyboards
Richard Dodd Cello
Eric Hudson Musician
Peter Nocella Viola
Tony Williams Vocals
Chris Martin Vocals
Jay-Z Vocals
Olga Konopelsky Violin
John Krovoza Cello
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Mos Def Background Vocals
Andy Chatterly Keyboards
Eric Gorfain Violin
Lamar Edwards Keyboards
Daphne Chen Violin
Jamaal Stanford Williams Background Vocals
Tanya Herron Vocals
Alexandra Leem Viola
Chris Rob Keyboards
Omar Edwards Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
Leah Katz Viola
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
John Legend Background Vocals
Darryl Beaton Keyboards
Ne-Yo Background Vocals
Alma Fernandez Viola
Vincent "Biggs" James Bass Guitar
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Tim Resler Bass
Jehireh Williams Background Vocals
Connie Mitchell Vocals
Gloria Justen Violin
Charles Parker Violin
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Composer
James Ingram Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Edwin Birdsong Composer
Labi Siffre Composer
Walter Becker Composer
Jon Brion Producer
G. Clinton Jr. Composer
Tommy D Producer
Mike Dean Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Larry Gold String Arrangements, String Conductor
Eric Hudson Producer
Tony Rey Engineer
Timbaland Programming, drum programming
Andrew Dawson Engineer
Tracey Waples Marketing
Sean Cooper Sound Design
Kanye West Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Warryn Campbell Producer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua Executive Producer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Brian Miller Producer
Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds Producer
Bruce Buechner Engineer
Greg Koller Engineer
Carol Corless Package Production
Al Brancch Marketing
Rosie Danvers String Arrangements
Takashi Murakami Artwork
Nottz Raw Engineer
Seiji Sekine Engineer
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