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G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer [Explicit Lyrics]

Kanye West, Various Artists Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00940KWZ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. To The World (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Teyana Taylor 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Clique (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Big Sean 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mercy.1 (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Big Sean 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. New God Flow.1 (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Ghostface Killah 5:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Morning (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Cyhi The Prynce 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cold.1 (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Kanye West 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Higher (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Cocaine 80s 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sin City (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Cyhi The Prynce 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The One (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Big Sean 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Creepers (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Kid Cudi 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bliss (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]John Legend 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Don't Like.1 (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Big Sean 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Love him or hate him, Kanye West is always intriguing, whether he’s flipping religion into a club jam or riffing on the Sierra Leone diamond trade.

There’s often substantial depth to his solo recordings, and even if the results aren’t always remarkable, there’s an overwhelming sense of passion behind each album. Kanye is honest with himself and his listeners, no matter the topic. Musically, he’s equally ambitious; many of his instrumentals help score our lives.

So maybe fatigue is a factor on Cruel Summer, a thin and largely unfocused effort that gathers his G.O.O.D. Music signees onto one album. While Kanye isn’t solely to blame for this dismal endeavour, he’s in charge, so shoulders most of the responsibility.

Throughout, featured contributors come across as contrived choices. Vocalists R. Kelly and Marsha Ambrosius sing about extended middle fingers and toting pistols. On Higher, The-Dream drones offbeat about being inebriated.

The Morning might be the biggest blunder. A song featuring Kanye, Raekwon, Common and Pusha T could’ve been the album’s centrepiece. Instead, a questionable hook and cartoony pop beat make it an afterthought.

And songs like Creepers (a Kid Cudi solo) and Bliss (a synth-heavy soul duet between Teyana Taylor and John Legend) sound like uninspired B-side filler.

But thankfully it’s not all bad. New God Flow, which reconfigures Ghostface Killah’s Mighty Healthy, is easily the album’s best track. On it, Kanye, Pusha T and Ghostface himself spit motivated verses over a dusty drum break and grim piano loop.

Mercy makes good use of meticulous drums and faint chimes, and Don’t Like is a raucous posse cut with Yeezy, Pusha, Jadakiss, Chief Keef and Big Sean. However, those good moments aren’t enough to save Cruel Summer, a recording of flashy excess that ultimately sinks into its own lethargy.

The oversized egos aren’t surprising here, but there’s no denying the disorganisation, as at least five of these songs should’ve remained on the cutting room floor. Kanye is an incredibly smart musician, so these results are truly baffling. Maybe he works better alone.

--Mike Diver

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4.0 out of 5 stars Initial doubts, now settling in 4 April 2013
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I found this a bit too "rap-py" to start with - I felt there wasn't enough of Kanye's usual classy selection of old school, melodic samples. It was all a bit too much "bitches and ho's" initially. But... what can I say? Kanye (despite being a bit of a douche from time to time) obviously is totally clued up and knows what direction he is heading in. A great grower.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT A KANYE WEST ALBUM. 4 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
this is a good album, its not amazing but its bloody good. It's so irritating hearing people say 'not knaye's best work'. ITS NOT HIS ALBUM. its a compilation of the artists on his GOOD Music record label. Hence it doesn't say 'kanye west - cruel summer'
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 5 April 2013
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Love this :)
its great, not sure on all the songs but i love the first few :) :) :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Album 7 Feb 2013
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Standard Kanye stuff here. He has done various albums recently in a electronic style hip hop which is good but this is an album with more artists collaborating in another style. More a group effort. Just topping up the massive bank balance I imagine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD album 20 Jan 2013
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Nice album, love the most of the artists that includes. I heard about a "cruel winter" sequel, I hope so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Kanye's best work.. nowhere near! 16 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
This album starts off pretty well, with To the world, clique, mercy & new god flow. but then the rest of the album is just trash.. worst songs are prob Sin City, Creepers, The Morning & Higher.. there pure rubbish.. Stick to Solo albums kanye.. or at least collab with Big Sean next time!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wake up mr.west! 14 Jan 2013
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Hmmm. He has done far far albums but u can't dispel this one totally. Takes a few listens to lie but it don't grow on a
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best hip-hop album of the year 30 Dec 2012
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Personally I think this is the best pure hip-hop album of the year. This is Kanye at his best; producing and rapping, and no auto-tune etc. If you liked the songs that have been released, (clique, mercy, etc.) you'll love this. Worth every penny
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