August 31st, 2009
I’m not a big Jay-Z fan but I listened and wrote what I thought as I listened. This is not a album review with clever references, quotes or connections. I’m a fan of good albums. Albums where every single song blends into the next. Albums where there are no “duds”. So when it comes to albums, there are no overall ratings, it’s either yes or no.
Once again Jay-Z has strung together a bunch of songs mixtape style.
[UPDATE 09.01.09] I had to go back and listen again because the version I heard had many more tracks than the official tracklisting from Jay-Z.com:
1. What We Talkin’ About – 5/5 Strong.
2. Thank You – 5/5 Favorite on the album.
3. Death Of Auto-Tune – 5/5 What can I say? I’m a big No I.D. fan.
4. Run This Town – 5/5 I got GOT.
5. Empire State Of Mind – 2/5 Alicia sounds great but wtf is up with that beat? Let me remix that.
6. Real As It Gets – 1/5 SMH
7. To The Next One – 0/5 wtf?!?
8. Off That – 5/5 Who knew I’d feel a track with Drake on it? Who knew?!?!
9. A Star Is Born – 1/5 What?
10. Venus Vs. Mars – 1/5 Damn.
11. Already Home – 1/5 Holy crap.
12. Hate – 0/5 This could’ve been really good but instead ended up really bad.
13. Reminder – 2/5 Songs never grow on me but if they did, this might.
14. So Ambitious – 1/5 Damn Pharell…what happened?!
15. Young Forever – 1/5 Just think happy thoughts.
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