Kanye West - Late Registration Album Review
Posted on September 19, 2005 by Jamie Slaughter
Kanye West - Late Registration
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Kanye West is back, following his previous album 'College Dropout', which was a revolutionary album ranked highly and one of the most highly acclaimed and successfull of 2004.
'Late Registration' carried a lot of expectation, but was never likely to live up to the standard of his debut release. Having said that, it does come extremely close in comparison aided by many top guest appearances, including Jay-Z, Nas, The Game, Consequence, Jamie Foxxx and Maroon 5.
Kanye's own lyrical delivery has only slightly improved, yet the production and content remain undeniably solid throughout, with no skippable track on the entire 21 song album.
The album kicks off with an unlikely collaboration, introducing Adam Levine from Maroon 5, who provides the hook to the track 'Heard Em' Say'. Although unlikely, the mix of styles definitely works and is a good opener and taster for the remaining album tracks.
What impresses most in Late Registration are the beats and production qualities, most evident and showcased in 'Touch The Sky', 'Drive Slow' featuring Paul Wall and GLC and the lead off single 'Gold Digger' featuring Jamie Foxx. The remix of 'Diamonds from Sierra Leone' features Jay-Z in an explosive combination, definitely an album highlight.
The contributions from some of todays top artists and the high production level make this a good album, although not quite approaching the status of his debut release which is now considered by many as a classic.