- Late Registration

Kanye West - Late Registration
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 15 reviews
2005 Rank: #11 / 341
USER SCORE
88
Based on
291 ratings

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100
AllMusic

West and Brion are a good, if unlikely, match. Brion's string arrangements and brass flecks add a new dimension to West's beats without overshadowing them, and the results are neither too adventurous nor too conservative.

100
Paste

In the end, it’s West’s dogged vision that makes it a success. He never acts before he deliberates, and never leaves a detail unpolished. 

95
Pitchfork

With the help of co-producer Jon Brion, West has taken his jumbled personae, buoyant enthusiasm, and vision for the grandiose, and transformed his chattering, seemingly unrealistic ideas into an expansive, imperfect masterpiece.

50
Drowned in Sound

For all Kanye's meditation on the wrongs of his upbringing and surroundings, you can't help but find that his statements ring a little hollow. Maybe it's the clinical production masking his rapping, but more likely it's that it just sounds forced.

90
I will always laugh and cry listening to this album.
exception
92
what an album... the variation on this project was just perfect. there were heartfelt songs like roses and hey mama, but there were also more upbeat songs like touch the sky and we major. the jazzy production was very fitting to the theme and vocals of this LP. my only complaint is that the skits were a little unnecessary. i liked the input of them, but they didn't seem to fit what was being said in the tracks before and after them. a really really enjoyable listen.
fav tracks: touch the ... read more
hemyge
87
Fav tracks: Heard 'Em Say, Roses, Addiction, Diamonds From Sierra Leone
SiberianBreaks
93
'Late Registration' expands upon the wonderful sound that Kanye offered on his debut. One thing that's really stepped up is the production. Kanye has constantly evolved as a producer, but this album remains as his prettiest-sounding. It's not super grandiose, but it still manages to be stay very evocative. Overall, this is surely my favourite thing that Kanye has ever done for how down-to-earth and passionate it feels.

Favourite tracks: Roses, We Major, Hey Mama
95
Mr. West expands on his debut ideas with masterful string arrangements. While improving upon the variety of catchy pop tunes, stunning personal portraits, and some scathing observances of society found in his debut. The weaknesses of the features and skits continue on to this effort however.
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DETAILS

August 30, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roc-A-Fella / Label
Kanye West, Jon Brion, Devo Springsteen, Just Blaze, Warryn Campbell / Producer
Hip Hop / Genres
kanyewest.com / Website
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Track List
  1. Wake Up Mr. West 
  2. Heard 'Em Say 
  3. Touch The Sky
  4. Gold Digger 
  5. Skit #1 
  6. Drive Slow 
  7. My Way Home 
  8. Crack Music 
  9. Roses 
  10. Bring Me Down 
  11. Addiction 
  12. Skit #2 
  13. Diamonds From Sierra Leone 
  14. We Major 
  15. Skit #3 
  16. Hey Mama 
  17. Celebration 
  18. Skit #4 
  19. Gone 
  20. Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Bonus Track)
  21. Late (Hidden Track)
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