蟹江西こと Kanye West の新作『Late Registration』が８月３０日、 先行リリースされた日本に続いて全世界でも発売され、 米のサイトはどこもかしこもお祭り騒ぎ。 その音楽業界全体に対するインパクトたるやや 相当なもののようです。 芸能人最高のステータスとも言われるタイム誌の表紙まで飾ってしまって、 蟹江の勢いはとどまるところを知りません。（Time Magazineの記事はこちら）
SIXSHOT.COM : 5.5/6
"The album was as expected but was also a surprise at the same time. I expected to hear the sound I heard with Kanye obviously sticking to the same formula as his debut but I was surprised at how fresh the music sounds and that Kanye hasn’t fallen into the sophomore slump. All in all, this is probably one of the two best albums this year with the other coming from fellow Chi-towner Common. This album is a must buy come August 30th."
ALLHIPHOP.COM : 5.5/6
"Whether you think he's the genuine article, or a self-absorbed flunky (or both), Kanye's ability to craft soulful jams is undeniable. Nearly every track on the album is a potential single. And with his heartfelt commentary laid over lush instrumentation, those singles are sure to resuscitate the drab radio airwaves. Musicality aside, one of the most refreshing characteristics of Late Registration is its humanity. The songs are inspiring rather than assaulting. Hip-Hop's enduring infatuation with Scarface-like imagery is altogether absent from the project. In its place is an optimistic, savvy and humorous outlook on life - a tremendous achievement from one of Hip-Hop's brightest stars. "
Music Vibes: 9 of 10 Lyric Vibes: 9 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 9 of 10
"Kanye West may be a study in contradictions but a lot of other producers and MC's could still take some lessons from "Late Registration." "
続いて雑誌・新聞各誌ですが、Rolling Stone誌で滅多に出ない５つ星、 XXL誌で最高評価のXXLを獲得したのを筆頭に、これまた大絶賛の嵐。
"...One of the better sounding rap records in history...widely expected to be the biggest-selling record of the year." - Time Magazine
"'Late Registration,' is the most dynamic and original album of the fall-maybe even the year." - Newsweek
"'Late Registration'...just might be this year's most eagerly anticipated album, in any genre." - New York Times
" even more ambitious, superbly crafted follow-up." - Los Angeles Times
"The sprawling Late Registration is the year's most accomplished rap album, and in turn, he's done something that his heroes-- the Pharcyde and Nas, and father figure Jay-Z-- couldn't do: deliver on a promise the second time around. " - Pitchfork
"Mostly brilliant." - Uncut
"Late Registration is more cumbersome and burdened than its predecessor--a little less cohesive, a lot less fun--but it rarely fails to engross at nearly every step." - Entertaiment Weekly
"Practically every track on Late Registration is a glorious pop song." - Q Magazine
"By the end of this 21-track opus, you still might not like West's self-assured declarations, but you will not be able to deny his talent. " - Billboard
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