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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
As fatiguing as it is invigorating, as cold-blooded as it is heart-rending, as haphazardly splattered as it is meticulously sculpted, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is an extraordinarily complex 70-minute set of songs. Listening to it, much like saying or typing its title, is a laborious process. In some ways, it's the culmination of Kanye West's first four albums, but it does not merely draw characteristics from each one of them. The 13 tracks, eight of which are between five and nine minutes in length, sometimes fuse them together simultaneously. Consequently, the sonic and emotional layers are often difficult to pry apart and enumerate. Nothing exemplifies its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
As fatiguing as it is invigorating, as cold-blooded as it is heart-rending, as haphazardly splattered as it is meticulously sculpted, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is an extraordinarily complex 70-minute set of songs. Listening to it, much like saying or typing its title, is a laborious process. In some ways, it's the culmination of Kanye West's first four albums, but it does not merely draw characteristics from each one of them. The 13 tracks, eight of which are between five and nine minutes in length, sometimes fuse them together simultaneously. Consequently, the sonic and emotional layers are often difficult to pry apart and enumerate. Nothing exemplifies its contrasting elements and maniacal extravagance as much as "All of the Lights." Rattling, raw, synthetic toms are embellished with brass, woodwinds, and strings. It's a celebration of fame "Fast cars, shooting stars" and a lament of its consequences "Restraining order/Can't see my daughter". Its making involved 42 people, including not one but two French horn players and over a dozen high-profile vocalists, only some of which are perceptible. At once, the song features one of the year's most rugged beats while supplying enough opulent detail to make Late Registration collaborator Jon Brion's head spin. "Blame Game" chills more than anything off 808s & Heartbreak. Sullen solo-piano Aphex Twin plays beneath morose cello; with a chorus from John Legend, a dejected, embittered West -- whose voice toggles between naturally clear-sounding and ominously pitched-down as it pans back and forth -- tempers wistfully-written, maliciously-delivered lines like "Been a long time since I spoke to you in a bathroom, ripping you up, fuckin' and chokin' you" with untreated and distinctively pained confessions like "I can't love you this much." The contrast in "Devil in a New Dress," featuring Rick Ross, is of a different sort; a throwback soul production provided by the Smokey Robinson-sampling Bink, it's as gorgeous as any of West's own early work, yet it's marred by an aimless instrumental stretch, roughly 90 seconds in length, that involves some incongruent electric guitar flame-out. Even less explicable is the last third of the nine-minute "Runaway," when West blows into a device and comes out sounding something like a muffled, bristly version of Robert Fripp's guitar. The only thing that remains unchanged is West's lyrical accuracy; for every rhyme that stuns, there's one deserving of mockery from any given contestant off the The White Rapper Show. As the ego and ambition swells, so does the appeal, the repulsiveness, and -- most importantly -- the ingenuity. Whether loved or loathed, fully enjoyed or merely admired, this album should be regarded as a deeply fascinating accomplishment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2010
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602527474465
  • Catalog Number: 001469502
  • Sales rank: 21,181

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dark Fantasy (4:40)
  2. 2 Gorgeous - Kid Cudi (5:57)
  3. 3 POWER (4:52)
  4. 4 All Of The Lights (Interlude) (1:02)
  5. 5 All Of The Lights (4:59)
  6. 6 Monster - Nicki Minaj (6:18)
  7. 7 So Appalled - Prynce Cy Hi (6:38)
  8. 8 Devil In a New Dress - Rick Ross (5:52)
  9. 9 Runaway - Pusha T (9:08)
  10. 10 Hell Of a Life (5:27)
  11. 11 Blame Game - John Legend (7:49)
  12. 12 Lost In the World - Justin Vernon (4:16)
  13. 13 Who Will Survive In America (1:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kanye West Primary Artist
Chris Rock Vocals
Elton John Piano, Vocals
Alvin Fields Vocals, Chant
Mike Dean Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Soloist
Charlie Wilson Vocals
Ken Lewis Organ, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Brass, Chant, Woodwind
Amber Rose Vocals
Philip Judge Trombone
Alicia Keys Vocals
Dwele Vocals
Uri Djemal Hand Clapping
Ryan Leslie Vocals
Fergie Vocals
Simon Finch Trumpet
Mike Lovatt Trumpet
Brent Kolatalo Keyboards
John Legend Vocals
Tom Rumsby French Horn
Jenny Sacha Violin
Jeff Bhasker Piano, Keyboards
Rihanna Vocals
The-Dream Vocals
Richard Ashton French Horn
Chris Soper Hand Clapping
Andrew Gathercole Trumpet
Rachel Robson Viola
Drake Vocals
Justin Vernon Vocals, Background Vocals
Tim Anderson French Horn
Rosie Danvers Cello, Conductor
Teyana Taylor Vocals
Nicki Minaj Background Vocals
Kid Cudi Vocals
Elly Jackson Vocals
Ian Allen Hand Clapping
Mark Frost Trombone
Tony Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Kotono Sato Violin
Kay Fox Vocals
Danny Flam Brass, Woodwind
Chris "Hitchcock" Chorney Cello
Chloe Vincent Flute
Wilson Christopher Hand Clapping
Tony Gorruso Brass, Woodwind
Salma Kenas Vocals
Technical Credits
Ozzy Osbourne Composer
S1 Producer
G. Clark Composer
Mike Dean Producer, Engineer, Cello Arrangement, Additional Production
Robert Fripp Composer
Tony Iommi Composer
Roger McGuinn Composer
RZA Producer
Gil Scott-Heron Composer
Peter Sinfield Composer
K. Mitchell Composer
Ken Lewis Engineer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
No I.D. Producer
Andrew Dawson Engineer, Additional Production
F. Bernheim Composer
Doug Joswick Package Production
Tracey Waples Marketing
J.P. Lang Composer
Shawn Carter Executive Producer
Kanye West Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer, drum programming
C. Smith Composer
Mike Caren Producer
Chris Atlas Marketing
M. Giles Composer
Peter Bischoff Engineer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua Executive Producer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Emile Producer
Eric Weissman Sample Clearance
Plain Pat Additional Production
Brent Kolatalo Engineer, drum programming
Jeff Bhasker Composer, Producer, Cello Arrangement, Additional Production
Rosie Danvers Orchestration
Marcos Tovar Vocal Engineer
Noah Goldstein Engineer
Ryan Gilligan Engineer
Emile Haynie Composer
George Condo Artwork, Paintings
J. Franks Composer
K. Lewis Composer
A. Gardner Composer
J. Stephens Composer
W. Roberts Composer
M. Caren Composer
R. Diggs Composer
T. Butler Composer
DJ Frank E Producer
B. Bergman Composer
Phil Joly Engineer
Antonio "L.A." Reid Executive Producer
Onika Maraj Composer
Gee Roberson Executive Producer
Tommy D. Producer
Al Branch Marketing
Christian Mochizuki Engineer
Khloe Mitchell Poetry
Chris "Hitchcock" Chorney Cello Arrangement
Virgil Abloh Art Direction
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    He's Back!

    Kanye is at his best on this album. It's almost on the same level as his first album. The first one will always be my favorite though. Great beats, great collaborations, and great lyrics. If you're a Kanye West fan, you'll love this one.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    this album is dumb and annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album is pure garbage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

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    look at all these haters on these comments!! How can anyone tras

    look at all these haters on these comments!! How can anyone trash this album!?? This album is complete gold! and that's why he won 3 freaking grammys on it. This is a GREAT album, most rappers no days cant  even communicate what Kanye does within his lyrics. This man is a genius, his music is great! this album is incredible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

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    kanye west can not a carry a album on his own

    this guy use to be my favorite mc till i heard 808s and this album i feel soo disrespected by 808s and this studio album this album is long and boring and metallica has made better album than kanye west has check out death magnetic st anger load reload the black album and justice for all master of puppets ride the lightning kill'em all

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    HE STINKS AND i WOULD LOVE TO KICK HIS ASS!

    queen125 YOU ARE A FREAKIN IDIOT! THE FACT THAT HE NEEDED COLLABOS TELLS YOU HE CANT CARRY AN ALBUM

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

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    if you hate kanye now is the time to bash on him

    kanye west is dumb stupid and unintelligent all he does is repeat the same thing every album he makes his whole album belt is weak lame dumb and stupid plus he is a racist kanye west has been going downhill since 2003-present

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    kanye west stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    I highly recommend this album- you have to hear it!

    This album rules and G.O.O.D. (no pun intended.)

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