Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing

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.

Total word count of piece: 552


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.