Kanye West - Late Registration

Kanye West - Late Registration
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 15 reviews
2005 Rank: #20 / 310
USER SCORE
88
Based on
175 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.

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User Reviews
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.
uralberk
93
Pleasing to listen. It's the Kanye West album that nobody hates if they don't like.
SirBarxAL0T
92
Just Awesome. Kanye delivers even better sampling and production. The baroque integration into marvelous instrumentals of soul and R&B make this album sonically awesome and easy to listen to. Great lyrical content, and guest spots make this an even better listen because of a sense of accompaniment. Super awesome delivery from Kanye.
Fav Tracks: Heard Em Say, Touch the Sky, My Way Home, Bring Me Down, Addiction, Diamonds From Sierra Leone, We Major, Hey Mama, Late
86
Completely overindulgent, yet nuanced in some aspects. Horns and skits galore, at the end of this record you feel it's length, but also the ideas behind some great pop music. Thank you Jon Brion.
Key tracks: Heard Em Say, Drive Slow, Hey Mama, We Major, Gone
Ideekay
90
FAVS: Heard'em Say, Crack Music, Diamonds From Sierra Leone
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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
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# 2 - Pitchfork
# 1 - SPIN
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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