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September 19, 2012  | by: Jara Montez

Cruel Summrr Album

Despite shaky reviews and generally disappointing comments, I stand as an advocate, and fan of Kayne Wests’ G.O.O.D. Music album, Cruel Summer, which was officially released today in stores, and on iTunes. Unfortunately, the album was leaked last week, which seemed to be the catalyst for the dismal reviews.

This general consensus among critics  is that it lacks power songs and a sense of cohesion. With the release of “Mercy” and other major singles like “Clique” earlier this summer, fans expected Cruel Summer to have more of the flashy lyrics that make for club hits.  Yet, there are plenty of songs to choose from on the album that offer the same qualities, and have the potential to be equally as popular singles.

Another complaint is that Cruel Summer seems erratic and fragmented. Dissenters argue that this hodge-podge of talent is carelessly thrown together to create twelve singles, instead of one album. But that quality is what is unique about G.O.O.D Music. It’s a compilation of artists, an array of assets, and various styles and personalities. Sure, it’s possible to to create a general sound for the album, but the result wouldn’t highlight any individuality, and would produce an uncommon, unnatural sound.

I enjoyed the variety of each artist on different tracks. Kanye was able to incorporate those already established like Jay-Z, MA$E, and R. Kelly, as well as ushering in the new school with the likes of Teyana Taylor and 2-Chainz.

Cruel Summer demonstrates Kanye’s creativity and ability to bring these 22 different artists, to produce a successful, and noteworthy album.

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