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Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella) ****

Angus Batey, MOJO, November 2008

NB This record wasn't made available to reviewers properly, due partly to Kanye still working on it at the time MOJO went to press. As a result I didn't hear the whole thing (the track with Lil' Wayne wasn't on the disc I went in to the label's office to hear), didn't hear it in the right order, and heard it in an unfinished state. Hence all the stuff about long instrumental codas and whatnot — which seemed to have disappeared by the time the record was released, and the review had printed.

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