CD review: Cruel Summer -Kanye West presents Good Music

JAMES BELFIELD
Last updated 05:00 04/11/2012
Kanye West presents Good Music - Cruel Summer
Kanye West presents Good Music - Cruel Summer

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KANYE WEST PRESENTS GOOD MUSIC: CRUEL SUMMER
Kanye West
(Universal)

It says much that this thrown-together G.O.O.D. name-drop label festival can still produce heavyweight highlights that make Kanye's hip-hop sparring partners look like junior bantam battlers.

Most of the top notes feature Kanye himself - most notably the Hit Boy-produced Cold, which larks about his high-profile headline-romance with Kim "72-days-makes-a-marriage" Kardashian - but there's also some stomping interludes from R Kelly, Ghostface, PushaT, Common, John Legend and Ma$e.

Kanye's genius moments become crowded out by some pretty sub-par moments (usually involving Kid Cudi or Big Sean, surprisingly) leaving you restless for a solo effort - maybe once he's done with his fashion-designing-fame-dating-sex-tape-hushing, he'll just get around to one.

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