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Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Posted in Uncategorized by arcanedufresne on September 14, 2009

The return of Music Monday, and apologies abound.

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Artists are under-appreciated for being able to craft an album as opposed to a collection of autonomous songs, or two or three bangers and then filler making up the rest of the record. What Kid Cudi has done is created a listening experience, or journey if you will (with narration from Common, who sounds like he was born to do this and should look into a narration career similar to Morgan Freeman for March of the Penguins or James Earl Jones Reads the Bible on audiobook) that transports the listener through the (apparently tormented and tumultuous) mind and life of Scott Mescudi. He thoroughly embraces his persona as the “lonely stoner” and Mr. Solo Dolo.

Kid Cudi – Soundtrack 2 My Life

Admittedly more morose than anticipated, and also more musically inclined than expected from a “rapper”; (you will become familiar with Kid Cudi’s part singing part rapping delivery quickly, if you aren’t already) Man on the Moon: The End of Day seems to favor the darkness of emotion engulfing Kid Cudi, ranging from fear, shame, loneliness and paranoia, to the point where it almost seems to be a record of self-deprecation. MOTM hovers around a minimalistic and electronic feel production-wise (most of these come courtesy of Emile) and rarely breaks that stride with the exception of a few upbeat tracks (Make Em Say, Up Up & Away). Two tracks that really standout are the Ratatat jams (Alive, Pursuit of Happiness), which Cudi flows excellently over. The down-trodden tone starts to wear a little thin by the end of the album, but the few shake-ups thrown in help to make this an enjoyable listen, I just felt like Cudi was capable of bringing more on his first official drop. By no means a failure, merely lacking some diversity, some of the shortfall could potentially be attributed to how high he set the bar with his mixtape work.

Still a definitely recommended listen, which most likely I’ll feel stronger about after repeated spins because it has the feel of something that will grow on me as time wears on.

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